The participating faculty of the Computational Sciences PhD Program have been actively engaged in interdisciplinary and interdepartmental research projects in the College of Science and Mathematics and across the campus.
A 20-year collaboration between Biology and Computer Science faculty in the area of Ecological Informatics involved six NSF-funded grants. Several faculty collaborate in the Center for Environmental Sensing Networks.
Faculty in Mathematics and Physics are collaborating on projects focusing on the roles of non-coding RNA in cancer. These projects involve a combination of bioinformatics, stochastic simulations and analytical approaches from physics and mathematics.
Interactions among faculty in Computer Science, Mathematics, and Biology involve studies of potential interaction partners for proteins that participate in hormone signal transduction pathways; investigation of topological and geometrical properties of protein conformational spaces; and analysis of differential gene expression.
Partnerships with Major Research Institutions
In addition to these intra-campus collaborations, CSci faculty have a number of off-campus collaborations. Faculty from Mathematics and Physics departments are collaborating with Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute on the role of gene regulatory networks in tumorigenesis. A long-standing collaboration between UMass Boston and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute has been supported by a U54 grant from NIH.
CSci students are encouraged to participate in the following seminars offered in the CSM departments:
- Biology Department
- Chemistry Department
- Computer Science Department
- Engineering Department
- Mathematics Department
- Physics Department
- School for the Environment