Results for: Collaborations

March 15, 2018

Epigenomic Tool Breakthrough Has Implications for Identifying Disease Processes

Through a collaboration with Virginia Tech chemical engineering experts, Biocomplexity Institute researcher Hehuang "David" Xie has helped simplify the way scientists will identify the epigenetic roots of disease.

March 15, 2018

New Study Targets Effects of Social Media on Collective Action

Research assistant professor Gizem Korkmaz developed the Common Knowledge and Social Networks project to understand how social media influences participation in risky collective action. It is the first time the Biocomplexity Institute has received funding from the Minerva Research Initiative. 

March 08, 2018

Countries Get Heads Up About Leafminer Invasion Thanks to Virginia Tech

Virginia Tech researchers have created a modeling system that tracks the tomato leafminer along trade routes, enabling warnings to be issued for the first time to countries bracing for invasion by the pest that threatens tomato crops worldwide.

December 11, 2017

How to Put Data to Work in Your Neighborhood: Institute Experts Featured on The Conversation

Data can be an invaluable resource in our communities, improving quality of life and stimulating economic growth. Experts from the Biocomplexity Institute of Virginia Tech share their advice for helping local governments make the most of this information.

July 27, 2017

Saving the U.S. Census: Biocomplexity Institute’s Sallie Keller Featured in Science Magazine

As a lead researcher on the JASON report, Sallie Keller's team was tasked with finding ways to make the census more cost-effective without sacrificing data quality. Their findings chart a path forward for 2030.

February 28, 2017

Virginia Tech Leads DARPA Project to Develop Tools for Next Generation Social Science

Making social science experiments scalable to large populations is a major objective of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency's Next Generation Social Science program. To support this program, the agency has awarded Virginia Tech and four other university partners $3 million to conduct research that will streamline modeling processes, experimental design, and methodology in the social sciences.

January 31, 2017

Virginia Tech Effort to Combat Dangerous Tomato Pest Featured in Global Food Security Initiative

Biocomplexity Institute researchers have partnered with the Integrated Pest Management Innovation Lab to contain the spread of a major threat to global tomato crops: an insect known as Tuta absoluta. Using computational modeling to guide on-the-ground containment measures, this innovative effort was recently featured by the federal Feed the Future initiative.

November 21, 2016

New Data Center Promises to Enhance High-Performance Computing Capabilities on Campus

The Biocomplexity Institute is growing again—doubling our current computational power by building a third, cutting-edge data center.

October 18, 2016

Researchers Present Invasive Species Modeling Project at the International Congress of Entomology

The Virginia Tech-led Feed the Future Integrated Pest Management Innovation Lab led a symposium at the Congress of Entomology on the global spread of the South American tomato leafminer, showcasing number of innovative containment measures.

July 05, 2016

Community Learning Project Added to Partnership in MetroLab Network

The Biocomplexity Institute’s Social and Decision Analytics Laboratory is working with government leaders in Arlington County to plan and demonstrate the feasibility of a scalable “community learning” framework throughout the state of Virginia.

May 17, 2016

Virginia Tech Awards More Than $11 Million to Help Feed People in Developing Countries

The Biocomplexity Institute's initiative to computationally model the spread of invasive species is among eight projects that will help farmers in seven countries.

October 08, 2015

Grant Supports New Interdisciplinary PhD Program Focused on Big Data and Urbanization

Virginia Tech will create a new Ph.D. certificate program focused on big data and urbanization with a grant of nearly $3 million over a five-year period from the National Science Foundation Research Traineeship Program.

June 16, 2006

VBI and EML Research launch COPASI simulation software

BLACKSBURG, Va., June 16, 2006 – EML Research and the Virginia Bioinformatics Institute (VBI) at Virginia Tech today announced the launch of the COPASI simulation software.

COPASI (Complex Pathway Simulator) is a major software package that allows users to model, simulate and analyze biochemical and systems biology networks. COPASI, which supports the Systems Biology Markup Language (SBML) standard for systems biology software, enables researchers to investigate how a system is working by allowing them to construct biochemical models, reproduce experimental results and justify the validity of the chosen model. The software may be freely downloaded at for non-commercial purposes.