Positioning of QBI within the sciences at Yale

Yale University is committed to excellence in scientific research. President Salovey recently charged the University Science Strategy Committee (USSC) to identify the most promising opportunities for investment across scientific disciplines. The committee recently released its report (here).

QBio is well positioned with respect to several of the recommended priorities areas. QBI’s mission is to bring theory and computation into a broad range basic biological research areas from molecules through cells and tissues (including the brain) to ecosystems. QBio is implementing its mission through joint appointments of QBio faculty with physical, mathematical and engineering departments.
The clearest connection is with the Data Science initiative. An applied mathematican,  Roy Lederman, was recently recruited jointly between QBio and Statistics and Data Science (SDS). There is a joint QBI/Physics search under way for a Theoretical Biological Physicist. Two more searches in the mathematical/computational sciences have been approved by the Dean. There is already considerable overlap between QBio and the Applied Math Program (Thierry, Lederman, Coifman, Krishnaswamy, Zucker, Wettlaufer,  Vishnoi) and the new QBio hires are expected to be part of this program, which will be an integral part of  the data science program. Thus, QBio is a natural partner in strengthening the mathematical and computational sciences.

There is a strong connection with neuroscience, with three of the four core members of QBio being neuroscientists: Clarke, Emonet and Howard. Furthermore, neuroscience is a target area in the QBio/Physics theory search, and such a hire would strengthen Neuroscience campus-wide. Immune and evolutionary biology are also two key areas of quantitative/theoretical biology, and it is likely that future hire will be in these areas.    

The QBI will synergize with efforts across the Yale campuses in quantitative, theoretical and computational biology. These include the Yale Center for Biomedical Data Science (CBDS) centered at Yale School of Medicine (link) and the Systems Biology Institute (link) at West Campus. To promote interactions across campus, “hotel” space in the Instituite will be bookable for collaborations.