The Department of Bio and Health Informatics (DTU Bioinformatics) was officially formed July 1st, 2016 as the Department of Systems Biology was split into two new departments. DTU Bioinformatics is based on the proud research tradition of the Center for Biological Sequence Analysis (CBS), which for many years has represented one of the largest multi-disciplinary basic research groups within bioinformatics and systems biology in academia in Europe. The Center, which was originally formed in 1993, has through the last two decades proven the great importance of this research field.
Today the need for training skilled bioinformaticians is huge, and it will only increase in the years to come, as the available biological data is growing exponentially, and at a faster rate than the compute power. New tools are therefore needed to analyze these data. The successful center has therefore matured into a department of its own right at the Technical University of Denmark, and the research area of Bio and Health Informatics will be an important cornerstone of DTU's strategic development of life science research.
DTU Bioinformatics will develop smart computational strategies and artificial intelligence systems that utilize biological understanding and prior information to expand biological knowledge and create the tools for tomorrow's biotech industry and health care.
Bioinformatics is the term used to refer to the combination of methods in biology, computation, and information management, which are necessary to advance research relating to all aspects of living systems - from individual molecules, cells, and organs to entire organisms.