Biology has become an information science with close ties to Computer Science. Large databases and sophisticated algorithms are now essential tools for biologists seeking to understand complex biological systems, determine the functions of biological molecules, or reconstruct the course of evolution.

The University of Washington is a major center for the acquisition and interpretation of genetic information. It is ranked fifth in Genetics/Genomics/Bioinformatics, sixth in Biomedical/Bioengineering, and seventh in Computer Science by U.S. News & World Reports, due to the exceptional research of faculty and students in these areas. Although these faculty members are distributed across many departments, they collaborate closely and cooperate in the training of graduate and undergraduate students.

Within the Department of Computer Science & Engineering, we collaborate with biologists on a wide range of computational problems that will ultimately enable us to understand complex biological systems.