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Forging The Future of Scientific Discovery

Research Mission

Advance the scientific understanding of biological and biomedical systems through integration of computational, experimental and theoretical approaches based on the fundamental principles of physical and quantitative sciences. Design new models and methods for simulating complex biological processes and for extracting useful information from rapidly growing biological data


Computational biology was established as a research discipline at the University of Pittsburgh with the vision of the Senior Vice Chancellor, Dr. Arthur S. Levine, who recruited Dr. Bahar to create a new Center for Computational Biology and Bioinformatics in March 2001, which soon became a highly visible center. The creation of the Department of Computational Biology within the School of Medicine followed in October 2004. Built on the premise of the founding Center for Computational Biology and Bioinformatics, the department was created with Dr. Ivet Bahar as the Founding Chair, to establish a home uniquely welcoming to highly interdisciplinary faculty, and to firmly establish the University of Pittsburgh in a nationally recognized leadership role in a field of tremendous growth and excitement. The department name was changed to Department of Computational and Systems Biology in 2009, to reflect the expansion in research and educational goals and activities of the department.

Definition of Computational Biology

A new discipline at the interface between biological and computational sciences, aiming at the development and application of computational models, methods and tools to study, describe, and predict biological systems behavior, inter-relationships and time evolution, using biological data, machine learning, and basic principles of life, physical, and quantitative sciences.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee

The mission of the CBS Diversity and Inclusion Committee is to support the department’s efforts to attract and retain talented trainees and scientist from diverse socioeconomic backgrounds, carrying diverse life experiences and perspectives.

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Job Opportunities

Please visit the below links to view any open positions for the Department of Computational & Systems Biology. There may not be open positions in your selected category at all times.

  • Cernostics
  • Charles E. Kaufman Foundation
  • Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
  • Melanoma Research Alliance
  • National Cancer Institute
  • National Human Genome Research Institute
  • National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases
  • National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering
  • National Institute on Drug Abuse
  • National Institute of General Medical Sciences
  • National Institutes of Health
  • National Library of Medicine
  • National Science Foundation
  • Searle Scholars Program
  • U.S. Department of Defense
  • American Heart Association
  • UPMC Immune Transplant and Therapy Center
  • Relay Therapeutics

“We are proud of the incredible scientific talent at Pitt Health Sciences that is made up of career faculty & new recruits who are eager to solve the most difficult health issues facing society today."

  • Senior Vice Chancellor for the Health Sciences