Structural and Computational BiologyStructural Bioinformatics and Network Biology
"For every complex problem there's an answer that is clear, simple, and wrong". H.L. Mencken.
Modern molecular and cell biology no longer focus only on single macromolecules but now look into pathways, complexes or even entire organisms. The many genome-sequencing projects have provided a near complete list of the components present in an organism, and post-genomic projects have aimed to catalogue the relationships between them.
The emerging field of systems biology is now centered mainly on unravelling these relationships. For example, an understanding of metabolic and signalling pathways or gene-regulatory networks relies on detailed knowledge of protein–metabolite, protein–protein and protein–nucleic-acid interactions. However, a full understanding of how molecules interact can be attained only from three-dimensional (3D) structures, as these provide crucial atomic details about binding. These details allow a more rational design of experiments to disrupt an interaction and therefore to perturb any system in which the interaction is involved.
Our main scientific interests lie in the field of structural bioinformatics, in particular, the use of high-resolution 3D structures to reveal the molecular bases of how macromolecular complexes and cell networks operate. Structural information for interacting cellular components willimprove our understanding of the whole-cell framework at atomic level, thereby contributing to biological systems modelling.
This group receives financial support from the following sources:
- ICREA (Institució Catalana de Recerca i Estudis Avançats)(Catalan Institute of Research and Advanced Studies)
- Ministerio de Economía y Competitividad (MINECO)
- European Commission (EC), Fondo Europeo de Desarrollo Regional (FEDER), "Una manera de hacer Europa"
Group news & mentions
ICREA Researcher Patrick Aloy, leader of the Structural Bioinformatics and Network Biology
The trilingual magazine of the city of Barcelona, Barcelona Metropolis, dedicates its leading article and an extensive report to the biomedicine conducted in Barcelona.
Cristina Sáez, a journalist specialised in science, wrote this long article on Alzheimer’s disease, published in The Magazine of La Vanguardia.
The “Gaceta Médica” newspaper has published an article about the computational resource dSysMap, developed by the Laboratory of Structural Bioinformatics and Network Biology at IRB Barcelo