Gulf Coast Consortium for Bioinformatics.

Driving advances in gene-based medicine and understanding by fostering cross-disciplinary, inter-institutional research and education

This consortium serves as a means of building and maintaining a bioinformatics community among Houston/Galveston-area researchers at member institutions in the biological, information, and computer sciences, as well as affiliated industrial partners. The GCCB seeks to fulfill this mission through activities in three areas: education, communication, and research funding.

About GCCB

Charter of the Gulf Coast Consortium for Bioinformatics

Major advances in the biological sciences have traditionally occurred when new tools and techniques become available, allowing researchers to ask new questions, or probe more deeply into the answers to existing ones.

While the use of numerical and computational techniques has always been a part of such research, the difficulty and cost of acquiring data of sufficient quantity and quality has historically limited the range of techniques in use. The steady progression in computer and automation technologies means that today, biological research is no longer limited by what data can be collected at the bench, but rather by how that data can be analyzed.

The kinds of data now available, as well as their volume and complexity, make the application and further development of advanced and novel algorithmic and analytical techniques from the computer and information sciences practicable. In addition, the complexity of the biological systems that are now amenable to experimentation means that careful modeling is necessary to enable the biological researcher to accurately plan and predict the results of new experimental procedures.

Post graduate training, for both the new and established researcher, will be facilitated by the consortium through seminars, workshops, and regional research conferences, both directly sponsored and organized, as well as jointly with other research organizations in the area. Support of infrastructure to simplify communication and collaboration among consortium members is also a critical part of the GCCB mission, as well as serving as a secondary research focus.

The GCCB currently assists member researchers in establishing new research collaborations and seeking outside funding for them. In the future, provision of graduate and postgraduate fellowships in bioinformatics, as well as direct funding of selected pilot projects, is a consortium goal.

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GCCB Leadership

Steering Team

Olivier Lichtarge, Ph.D., Chair GCCB
Department of Molecular & Human Genetics
Baylor College of Medicine

Steven Ludtke, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Co-Director National Center For Macromolecular Imaging
Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Baylor College of Medicine

Lydia Kavraki, Ph.D.
Noah Harding Professor of Computer Science
Professor of Bioengineering (Joint Appointment)
Rice University
Professor, Graduate Program in Structural and Computational Biology and Molecular Biophysics (Joint Appointment)
Baylor College of Medicine

Lennart Johnsson, Ph.D.
Hugh Roy and Lillie Cranz Cullen Distinguished Professor of Computer Science, Mathematics and Electrical and Computer Engineering
College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics and College of Engineering
University of Houston

Elmer Bernstam, M.D., M.S.E.
Department of Biomedicial Informatics and Internal Medicine
University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston

Prahlad Ram, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Department of Systems Biology
University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center

Jim Briggs, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Department of Biology and Biochemistry
University of Houston

B. Montgomery Pettitt, Ph.D.
Welch Professor of Chemistry
Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Director, Sealy Center for Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics
University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston

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What are the member institutions of the GCCB?

The member institutions are Baylor College of Medicine, Rice University, University of Houston, University of Texas Health Science Center, University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center and University of Texas Medical Branch.

Does the GCCB offer a degree program?

The GCCB is a collaborative effort between the member institutions; all degree programs are offered through one of the member institutions. Interested students are encouraged to explore the individual admissions websites for background information and then contact the GCC office for additional information.

How do I contact the GCCB?

For more information, contact:

Suzanne Tomlinson, PhD.
Phone: 713-348-4772


Karen Ethun
Phone: 713-348-4753

Additionally, you may write the GCCB at:

Gulf Coast Consortia for Bioinformatics
P.O. Box 1892, MS-141
Houston, TX 77251-1892

How do I become affiliated with the GCCB?

For more information on upcoming GCCB events and news, please join our mailing list.

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