Bio/chemoinformatics in India: an outlook

Brief Bioinform. 2015 Jul;16(4):710-31. doi: 10.1093/bib/bbu028. Epub 2014 Aug 25.

Abstract

With the advent of significant establishment and development of Internet facilities and computational infrastructure, an overview on bio/chemoinformatics is presented along with its multidisciplinary facts, promises and challenges. The Government of India has paved the way for more profound research in biological field with the use of computational facilities and schemes/projects to collaborate with scientists from different disciplines. Simultaneously, the growth of available biomedical data has provided fresh insight into the nature of redundant and compensatory data. Today, bioinformatics research in India is characterized by a powerful grid computing systems, great variety of biological questions addressed and the close collaborations between scientists and clinicians, with a full spectrum of focuses ranging from database building and methods development to biological discoveries. In fact, this outlook provides a resourceful platform highlighting the funding agencies, institutes and industries working in this direction, which would certainly be of great help to students seeking their career in bioinformatics. Thus, in short, this review highlights the current bio/chemoinformatics trend, educations, status, diverse applicability and demands for further development.

Keywords: BINC; BTISnet; bioinformatics; chemoinformatics; education; grid computing.

MeSH terms

  • Career Choice
  • Chemistry*
  • Computational Biology*
  • India