Virginia Tech scientists are again leading the way – this time in promoting and advancing interdisciplinary research, by hosting the first International Conference on Computational Cell Biology, Aug. 14-16.

The conference, organized by a group led by associate professor of biological sciences, Jianhua Xing, will include around 100 of the field’s leading scientists representing some of the world’s foremost universities. 

Invited speakers include renowned experimental and theoretical researchers including: Daniela Cimini, associate professor of Biological Sciences at Virginia Tech; James Ferrell, Stanford University; Albert Goldbeter, Universite Libre de Bruxelles; Rong Li, Stowers Institute; Bela Novak, University of Oxford; Thomas Pollard, Yale University; Tim Elston, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill; James Keener, University of Utah; and Arthur Lander, University of California, Irvine.

“Over the last 20 years, the traditional approach to biology has changed to an interdisciplinary, systems-level approach which can help disentangle the complex biological networks,” said Xing. “Computational modeling, integrated with experimental results will continue to play a pivotal role in this transition. It’s important for all researchers to understand, embrace, and develop hybrid computational-experimental strategies and to this end we created this conference.”

Attendees will highlight the interplay between cutting-edge biomathematical approaches and experimental techniques to biological problems and identify future directions for the field of computational cell biology.

“This conference will also provide a rare opportunity for young researchers to interact with some of the world’s leading scientists in the field,” Xing said.

The conference sessions will take place at the Virginia Bioinformatics Institute at 1015 Life Science Circle, Blacksburg, Va.