Computational Biology sits at the intersection of two of the most rapidly advancing fields in modern science: Biology and Computer Science. CU Boulder's interdisciplinary faculty include world-class faculty both within and outside the Department of Computer Science. The department has particular strengths in:

  • Animal behavior and collective computation
  • Bees and fireflies
  • Infectious disease dynamics and countermeasures
  • Algorithms for large-scale genomics
  • Mathematical modeling and statistical inference
  • Networks and complex systems and ecological dynamics
  • RNA biology and dynamics

Faculty Feature: Orit Peleg

Interdisciplinary Strengths

Computational Biology at CU Boulder is highly collaborative and interdisciplinary, with all of its faculty co-appointed in or affiliated with the BioFrontiers Institute, founded in 2011 by Nobel Laureate Tom Cech and HHMI Professor Leslie Leinwand and now led by HHMI Professor Roy Parker. Students, postdocs, and faculty in any of CU Boulder's Computational Biology labs are multilingual, publishing across venues in computer science, biology, physics, complex networks, and public health. 

Undergraduate students can pursue a Minor in Computational Biology with courses taught by world-class faculty from departments across campus. Prospective graduate students may wish to consider the IQ Biology graduate certificate program, a funded collaboration of 9 CU Departments and the Computational Biosciences Program at the CU Anschutz Medical Campus. 

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