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.

Structural Bioinformatics and Network Biology
Group Leader

ICREA Research Professor, ERC Consolidator Grant

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Patrick Aloy: "Redes de vida"

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.

Structural Bioinformatics and Network Biology Group Webpage

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.

Jaeger S, Igea A, Arroyo R, Alcalde V, Canovas B, Orozco M, Nebreda AR and Aloy P.
Cancer Res, 77 (2), 459-469 (2017)
Sfriso P, Duran-Frigola M, Mosca R, Emperador A, Aloy P and Orozco M.
Structure, 24 (1), 116-26 (2016)
Duran-Frigola M, Rossell D and Aloy P.
Nat Commun, 5 5676 (2014)
Mosca R, Céol A and Aloy P.
Nat Methods, 10 (1), 47-53 (2013)
Duran-Frigola M, Mosca R and Aloy P.
Chem Biol, 20 (5), 674-84 (2013)
Mosca R, Pache RA and Aloy P.
Mol Cell Proteomics, 11 (7), M111.01496 (2012)
Soler-López M, Zanzoni A, Lluís R, Stelzl U and Aloy P.
Genome Res, 21 (3), 364-76 (2011)
Stein A and Aloy P.
Plos Comput Biol, 6 (5), e1000789 (2010)
Sardon T, Pache RA, Stein A, Molina H, Vernos I and Aloy P.
Embo Rep, 11 (12), 977-84 (2010)

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

<p>Image: IRB Barcelona</p>
1 Ago 2018

Infosalus, Medicina TV, Bolsamanía, Bioengineer y Medi Magazine, entre otros medios nacionales e internacionales, han publicado un artículo sobre la reciente investigación liderada por el laborator

<p>Miquel Duran-Frigola, Associate Researcher at the Structural Bioinformatics and Network Biology lab, IRB Barcelona</p>
31 Jul 2018

Se conoce que las células cancerosas provocan la acidificación de su entorno y, en consecuencia, se alcaliniza del interior de la propia célula.

<p>Guiomar Solanas, research associate at the Stem Cells and Cancer Lab</p>
11 May 2018

Tres científicas del IRB Barcelona han sido galardonadas por el programa “To the Mothers of Science” del Barcelona Institute of Science and Technology (BIST), programa que busca reconocer la invest

<p>Patrick Aloy, Group Leader of the Structural Bioinformatics and Network Biology Lab</p>
20 Mar 2018

Patrick Aloy, jefe del Laboratorio de Bioinformática Estructural y Biología de Redes del IRB Barcelona, participó en la serie de videos “Càpsules de ciència” de TV3 para hablar sobre la importancia

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04 Oct
Aula Fèlix Serratosa, Parc Científic de Barcelona
Speaker:
Andre Nussenzweig, Ph.D. NIH Distinguished Investigator. Center for Cancer Research National Cancer Institute. Bethesda, Maryland (US)
05 Oct
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15 Nov
Aula Fèlix Serratosa, Parc Científic de Barcelona
Speaker:
Louis Vermeulen MD, PhD. Center for Experimental and Molecular Medicine, Academic Medical Center. Amsterdam. The Netherlands