mendes_pedro_sm BLACKSBURG, Va., January 30, 2007 – Beginning April 1, 2007, VBI Associate Professor Pedro Mendes’ appointment at the Institute will change.  Mendes has accepted a position as Chair of Computational Systems Biology at the School of Computer Science, University of Manchester, England, and he will carry out his research at the Manchester Interdisciplinary Biocentre (MIB).

Mendes will carry on his work at VBI through a joint appointment, dedicating around 20 percent of his time to the Institute. He will continue to work on all of his current research areas as well as projects planned for the future. Mendes’ ongoing work at VBI will include research group projects that have already been established, including COPASI, a major software package that allows users to model, simulate and analyze biochemical and systems biology networks.

"We are excited that Dr. Mendes will continue his research at VBI. This joint appointment provides an exciting opportunity to expand further our relationships and efforts in Europe.  Manchester is one of the ideal places in which to do this since we have already been collaborating with Dr. Goble at the School of Computer Science on Cyberinfrastructure projects," said VBI Executive and Scientific Director Bruno Sobral.  "Dr. Mendes has been a major contributor to VBI’s development and his commitment to the Institute continues unchanged.  He will lead the development of research and training collaborations between MIB and VBI."

The MIB, like VBI, is an institute that serves as a research component for a university community.  Part of the University of Manchester, the institute has been designed to enable its academic community to explore specific areas of transdisciplinary quantitative bioscience at the highest level, largely through the efforts of transdisciplinary research teams.  Mendes’ new position at Manchester will also bring him closer to his home country of Portugal.

The Virginia Bioinformatics Institute (VBI) at Virginia Tech has a research platform centered on understanding the "disease triangle" of host-pathogen-environment interactions in plants, humans and other animals. By successfully channeling innovation into transdisciplinary approaches that combine information technology and biology, researchers at VBI are addressing some of today’s key challenges in the biomedical, environmental and plant sciences.

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Published by Barry Whyte, January 29, 2007