The goal of the Computational Science Lab is to tackle fundamental problems in science in areas of societal importance, by bringing together new kinds of scientists, in a new kind of Laboratory, pioneering new kinds of approaches, new kinds of computational methods, and new kinds of scientific software tools.
Biological Computation GroupThe Group is focused on the development and advancement of a new field of Biological Computation, that aims to transform our understanding of biology by considering biological systems as living computation, and to develop the techniques needed to design and program computation in living systems.
Computational Ecology and Environmental Science GroupThe Group is focused on enabling, making and accelerating fundamental advances in our understanding of, and ability to predict the impact of future changes to, the global climate and ecological systems and processes: Earth’s life support system.
June 2014: Paper in Science by Sara-Jane Dunn, Boyan Yordanov, Stephen Emmott and colleagues: Defining an essential transcription factor program for naïve pluripotency.
June 2014: Piece in New Scientist Magazine: Windows bug-testing software cracks stem cell programs
May 2014: Paper in Science by Lucas Joppa, S. L. Pimm, C. N. Jenkins, R. Abell, T. M. Brooks, J. L. Gittleman, P. H. Raven, C. M. Roberts, J. O. Sexton:The biodiversity of species and their rates of extinction, distribution, and protection
October 2013: Paper in Nature Nanotechnology by Neil Dalchau, Andrew Phillips, Luca Cardelli and colleagues: Programmable chemical controllers made from DNA
6 September 2013: Paper in Science by Lucas Joppa, Piero Visconti, C. Jenkins and Stuart Pimm: Achieving the Convention on Biological Diversity’s Goals for Plant Conservation.
July 2013: Stephen Emmott's book, Ten Billion published
- Camille Guilbaud, Neil Dalchau, Drew Purves, and Lindsay Turnbull, Is 'peak N' key to understanding the timing of flowering in annual plants?, in New Phytologist, vol. 205, no. 2, pp. 918-927, New Phytologist Trust, January 2015.
- Katherine E Todd-Brown, Yiqi Luo, James Tremper Randerson, Stephen D. Allison, and Matthew J. Smith, Understanding the Dynamics of Soil Carbon in CMIP5 Models, 15 December 2014.
- Oleksandra Hararuk and Matthew J. Smith, Importance of modelling microbial dynamics in soil: evaluation of conventional and microbial soil models informed by observations across various plant functional types, 15 December 2014.
- Matthew J. Smith, Stephen Emmott, Drew W. Purves, Lucas N. Joppa, and Vassily Lyutsarev, Joined-up Planetary Information, in the Cloud and on Devices, 15 December 2014.
- Silvia Caldararu, Drew W. Purves, and Matthew J. Smith, Functional and Structural Optimality in Plant Growth: A Crop Modelling Case Study, 15 December 2014.
Biological Computation Group
Head: Andrew Phillips
Administrator: Becky Frost
21 Station Road
Tel: +44 (0)1223 479 767
Computational Ecology & Environmental Science Group
Head: Drew Purves
Gian Marco Palamara*
- We are currently looking for outstanding scientists both for permanent and post-doctoral positions in the Biological Computation Group and in the Computational Ecology & Environmental Science Group