About Us


To become a self-sustaining collaborative research space under the Center for Applied Plant Sciences (CAPS) focused on Bioinformatics and Computational Biology research and collaborations.

We believe in a transdisciplinary approach to education and research; we host faculty, postdocs, students, and anyone else with the required skill set and desire to contribute. By investing in CCBL memberships, PIs boost the potential of their team to achieve project success, and help further our vision of creating a synergistic environment for Computational Biology primarily, but not exclusively, in the plant sciences.



This take place every Wednesday12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. unless otherwise noted. CCBL members will be scheduled to host a wednesday session in rotation.

Sessions are arranged according to the week number:

2nd[Wednesday of the month ] - Problem solving session at CCBL

Brainstorming and problem solving with bioinformaticians at the CCBL.The CCBL members we will have at least one illustrative problem in case participants do not bring any.

3rd - Algorithms and programming workshop

Cover a different programming library, algorithm or tool that is broadly useful for bioinformatics.

4th - Science update

Rotations of both CCBL members and other participants discussing their science research/projects.  This would be a great way to get focused help and constructive criticism on a project.

5th (when applicable) - Open house at the CCBL:

A chance for the trainees to bring questions, thoughts, cool ideas in bioinformatics to the more advanced group in the CCBL.



This involves hosting speakers who are leading experts in the field of computational biology or informatics. This usually involves a public lecture and later one on one sessions. This provides a chance for CCBL members to gain valuable insights and feedback regarding various research approaches......previous speakers



  • Dedicated space in Rightmire Hall (Rooms 187 & 189) with access restricted to members only.

  • Digitally expanded lab space to include 24 hour video-linking capabilities.

  • IT Support Staff provided by Arts and sciences technical team.

  • Designated workstations and additional laptop and collaboration space featuring:

    • Intel Core i7‐2600 (3.4GHz)

    • 8GB RAM

    • 500GB SATA Hard Drive

    • Personal Account

  • Dedicated high memory server  for processor intensive processes:

  • 4x AMD Opteron 6276, 2.3Ghz, 16 cores (64 total core)

  • 256GB 1600Mhz RAM

  • Approx. 3 TB Storage

  • Personal Account