Research at CBU

The Computational Biology Unit (CBU) works at the intersection of computer science and biology.

It is one of the leading hubs of bioinformatics in Norway and performs highly interdisciplinary research spanning bioinformatics and computational biology. Its primary focus is on developing novel computational methods and apply these in the pursuit of fundamental biological questions.

Besides fundamental research CBU is also frequently involved in more applied collaborative projects with experimental groups that demand cutting-edge computational approaches.

Our research currently focuses on:

Gene Selection, RNA biology, Proteomics, Molecular modeling, Metagenomics and Cheminformatics.

Current groups

Barsnes Group

Bioinformatics for proteomics data analysis

We develop user-friendly bioinformatics resources that enable and empower researchers to analyze and share their own omics data.

Dahle group

Why are microbial species and genes distributed the way they are?

We study microbial communities in natural systems through a combination of population dynamic modelling, metagenomics, and characterization of environmental conditions. In particular we are interested in how fluxes of chemical energy shape microbial communities in hydrothermal systems.

Jonassen Group

Pattern discovery in molecular biology data

We develop and apply algorithms for the automatic discovery of patterns and regularities in molecular biology data.

Michoel group

Causal inference in computational and systems biology

We develop and use statistical and machine learning approaches to understand how genetic, epigenetic and gene expression variation cause variation in complex traits and diseases in human.

Reuter Group

Molecular modelling of protein dynamics

We examine the dynamic properties that allow proteins to associate with cellular membranes, lipids or ligands, as well as the conservation of flexibility through evolution.

Röblitz Group

Mathematical modelling of dynamic biological systems

The group's research focusses on the construction, simulation, analysis and optimization of dynamic, mathematical models for biological and biochemical processes on different levels of organization

Valen Group

Integrated and functional omics

The Valen lab is dedicated to the study of gene regulation and RNA biology.

CBU Service Group

Group leader Kjell Petersen

Kjell Petersen is leading the CBU Service Group, and his main research interest is gene set and network based analysis approaches for omics data.