Departments and Centers

Department of Computational and Systems Biology and Lane Center for Computational Biology

The Department of Computational Biology (DCB) at Pitt and the Ray and Stephanie Lane Center for Computational Biology (LCCB) at CMU together serve as the administrative homes of the CPCB at the two universities. Dr. Ivet Bahar, the John K. Vries Chair of the DCB, and Dr. Robert Murphy, Director of the LCCB, are the founding directors of the CPCB.

Department of Computational and Systems Biology (DCSB)

The DCSB at Pitt is located on the 3rd floor of the Biomedical Science Tower 3 (BST3), constructed in 2005. BST3 has been designed to promote interdisciplinary research, housing 50 research groups, including basic science departments such as structural biology, neurobiology and computational biology; and research centers or institutes for proteomics, drug discovery, vaccine development, tissue engineering, and nanotechnology. In addition to its ten Core Faculty members, the department has 26 Joint Faculty, 16 postdoctoral fellows, and 17 graduate students currently working with the Core Faculty. The DCB students are enrolled in various doctoral programs, including CPCB, Physics, Molecular Biophysics & Structural Biology, and Biochemistry & Molecular Genetics.

The DCSB also organizes the NSF-funded REU TecBio, a cross-institutional effort, which aims at introducing quantitatively skilled students from many disciplines to the field of computational biology, and enabling them to make more knowledgeable career choices.

Ray and Stephanie Lane Center for Computational Biology (LCCB)

The LCCB at CMU was created in 2007 as the culmination of many years of development and recruiting efforts and with the goal of realizing the potential of machine learning for expanding understanding of complex biological systems. In 2009, the LCCB became an academic department in the School of Computer Science and moved into the new Hillman Center for Future-Generation Technologies, part of the SCS Complex. The LCCB has 38 core and affiliated faculty members. All students in the CPCB who are supervised by CMU faculty have office space in the Lane Center.

In addition to students and faculty, the Lane Center also houses a prestigious, highly competitive, and well-compensated postdoctoral fellow program, the Lane Fellows in Computational Biology.  These fellowships are awarded after nomination by a candidate’s thesis advisor, and after an extensive application and interview process. The Fellows make important contributions to the research and training activities of the CPCB.

Other Relevant Departments, Institutes and Centers

In addition to the DCSB and the LCCB, there are a number of other departments, institutes, and research centers that demonstrate how vital the CPCB is to the Pittsburgh area. The list below covers a selection of units with most extensive participation among the CPCB Training Faculty.

Carnegie Mellon University of Pittsburgh
Computer Science Department
Machine Learning Department
Biological Sciences Department
Biomedical Engineering Department
Statistics Department
Center for Bioimage Informatics
Language Technologies Institute (LTI)
Department of Chemical Engineering
Department of Mechanical Engineering
Department of Physics
Department of Psychology
Center for Nonlinear Analysis
Center for Nucleic Acids Science and Technology
Molecular Biosensor and Imaging Center
Robotics Institute
Department of Biological Sciences
Department of Chemistry
Department of Mathematics
Department of Structural Biology
Department of Biomedical Informatics
University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute (UPCI)
University of Pittsburgh Drug Discovery Institute (UPDDI)
Department of Human Genetics
Department of Biostatistics
Department of Medicine
Center for Vaccine Research
Joint Centers/Institutes (CMU & Pitt)
Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition (CNBC)
Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center