Computational biology holds enormous promise as a method of answering biological and biomedical questions: used in support of or even in place of laboratory research, it can produce more accurate answers at reduced cost. The problem is that biological datasets are also enormous-and growing rapidly.
Dan Cziczo models the cooling effect of airborne particles on Earth's climate
On December 16, 2015, Amy Keating, professor of Biology and Biological Engineering, told the Dean's Breakfast audience about her "true love"-proteins. Keating studies the way proteins interact with each other and with other molecules, building computational models that predict a protein's behavior and analyzing how proteins have evolved a diverse array of functions over time.
Events, Profiles, and Awards
In a noisy MIT classroom last week, high school students eagerly speculated on the problems they might see in the team math competition they were about to begin. The MIT students serving as the competition's judges passed out problem sets, shouting pleas for order above the din.
Rainer Weiss, emeritus professor of physics, has been awarded the 2016 Shaw Prize in Astronomy. The annual prize is awarded in three categories - astronomy, life science and medicine, and mathematical sciences - to individuals who have made outstanding contributions in academic and scientific research or applications.
Professor Michale Fee of the MIT Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences has received the Fundamental Science Investigator Award. Fee is the inaugural recipient of the award, which is intended to support innovative research that has the potential to advance the frontiers of basic science.
"By the time celebrated molecular biologist Har Gobind Khorana came to MIT in 1970, he had already..."
“What you don’t get in a graph,” she points out, “are the backstories of all these people.”
"This big guy is a spectrometer for the KATRIN experiment, on its way from Deggendorf, Germany, where it was made, to its home in Karlsruhe..."