BLACKSBURG, Va., Mar. 18, 2003 - Bruno Sobral, director of the Virginia Bioinformatics Institute, was the featured speaker at the New Century Technology Council's Technology & Toast at the Four Points Sheraton in Blacksburg from 7:30 to 9 a.m. on Thursday, March 20.

He will address VBI's success in stimulating economic development in the region. Sobral, who has spoken and served on panels addressing bioinformatics at conferences worldwide, said VBI is set up to compete at a global level.

The Roanoke Times announced the presentation prior to delivery stating, "Bioinformatics is the science of using computers, math and statistics to analyze complex scientific data, such as genetic codes."

The article went on to read, "Sobral is committed to the development of public-private partnerships so that the knowledge generated by research is used to develop technologies and products that improve society. His long-standing interests include reverse engineering living systems, especially in agriculturally or environmentally important organisms, and his research focuses on comparative plant genomics, bioinformatics and proteomics, as well as the dissection of plant-microbe interactions."

VBI, a state-shared resource, was established at Virginia Tech in July 2000 and serves as a flagship research institute. In two years of operation, VBI's research programs have leveraged a contract and grant base of more than $27 million from the National Science Foundation, U.S. Department of Agriculture, U.S. Department of Defense and others.

To view Dr. Sobral's presentation featuring an overview of VBI research mission and research programs, please view his presentation.

View / Download Dr. Sobral's Presentation :
"Life Sciences and Computing in the 21st Century" (New Century Technology Research Council, March 20 2003); (PDF file; 28 Slides; 4.5 MB)

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THE ROANOKE TIMES and VBI Public Relations Staff contributed to this article.



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Published by Public Relations, March 13, 2003