The Centre for Bioinformatics in Pondicherry University was started as Sub Distributed Information Centre (Sub-DIC) of the Department of Biotechnology (DBT), Govt. of India in 1991. The mandate of the Centre is to train manpower and conduct research in various areas of Bioinformatics. Recognizing the progress made by the Centre, DBT upgraded the Centre to a full Centre level in 2002. The Centre has been identified as a Centre of Excellence for Research and Training in the field of Bioinformatics by the Department of Information Technology (DIT), Govt. of India, in 2007. Details of the center are available in www.bicpu.edu.in and www.pondiuni.edu.in

There are 11 faculty members, 1 information officer, three senior technical assistants and one computer assistant. More than 50 research scholars and 100 students are enrolled in the centre. Reflecting inter-disciplinary nature the fields of expertise of faculty are quite diverse. It ranges from mathematical modeling of biological systems, sequence analysis, biophysics, structural biology, bimolecular crystal structures and computer science.

Short course on “Modeling Complex Biomolecular Systems and Processes Using Molecular Dynamics Simulations”