Welcome to the Homepage of the Multidisciplinary Research Partnership called N2N (from Nucleotides to Networks), an initiative to spearhead research on Bioinformatics and Systems Biology at Ghent University.
Recent (r)evolutions in data-producing technologies have dramatically changed the way we tackle problems in molecular biology and has created a huge need for highly trained scientists, with very diverse backgrounds, to collect, store, and analyse these data using advanced ICT infrastructures and bioinformatics tools.
"Research in life, environmental and geosciences has markedly changed over the last few years as advances in high-throughput technologies and rapid progress in computational science have provided increasing possibilities for data collection and processing. While traditionally scientific progress was achieved by individual research groups focusing on specific discipline-related problems, nowadays the emerging trend is towards larger, multidisciplinary projects. Achieving increased knowledge and understanding of biological systems or geo-systems requires the successful integration of diverse types of data. As a result, scientific progress often relies on research performed by large collaborative teams that combine experimentalists and specialists in fields such as bioinformatics, systems biology, satellite-based methodologies, numerical modelling and possibly other fields such as physics or engineering."
Read the opinion paper by the Life, Environmental and Geo Sciences Committee of Science Europe in attachment.
"The time has come for funding bodies and research institutions to give multidisciplinary researchers due credit when applying for grants, jobs, and promotions."
Read the Science article:
Article by Alaina G. Levine, Science Careers June 13 2014
Big data is everywhere, and its influence and practical omnipresence across multiple industries will just continue to grow.For life scientists with expertise and an interest in bioinformatics, computer science, statistics, and related skill sets, the job outlook couldn’t be rosier. Big pharma, biotech, and software companies are clamoring to hire professionals with experience in bioinformatics and the identification, compilation, analysis, and visualization of huge amounts of biological and health care information. With the rapid development of new tools to make sense of life science research and outcomes, spurred by innovative research in bioinformatics itself, scientists who are entranced by data can pursue more career options than ever before. By Alaina G. Levine
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