Biocomputing, Security and Society

Deep connections between biology and computation lead to surprising insights and spark novel approaches to pressing problems.

The Center translates insights between computer science and biology, with a focus on understanding and mitigating malicious behavior in complex systems. For example, we use similar tools for managing cancer and repairing cybersecurity vulnerabilities. Our models of evolutionary biology and ecology are predicting which tumors are likely to become dangerous and how best to manage them. We use immunological concepts to invent new cybersecurity solutions, and we use evolutionary methods to solve software engineering problems. We also use computing and mathematical abstractions to inform biological research, focusing on new approaches to understanding and managing cancer.