Structural Biology Programme

Bioinformatics Unit

Head of Unit:  Fátima Al-Shahrour

Bioinformatics is a key discipline for understanding the cancer genome and, therefore, essential for the future of cancer therapeutics. Bioinformatics-based approaches have the ability to transform the huge amount of biological data into comprehensive models that provide an in-depth understanding of cancer disease and the complex relationships between genotype and phenotype that are needed to identify cancer driver molecular alterations and new therapeutic targets.

Our Unit has several goals:

  • To provide bioinformatics support with data analysis and interpretation using computational and statistical methods.
  • To achieve genome analysis in cancer patients’ data in order to identify new biomarkers and mechanisms of drug response.
  • To develop new computational methodologies and bioinformatics tools for cancer research.
  • To maintain CNIO’s scientific computing facilities and to provide training in bioinformatics tools and methods.