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Born about twenty years ago and firstly used to align and compare gene and protein sequences, bioinformatics had to face the challenge of knowledge explosion, linked with the sequencing of a large number of genomes. On the pressure of the amazingly large amount of information available nowadays, the data treatment algorithms have to evolve rapidly.
Modelling had quite naturally appeared as a complementary field to bioinformatics as a predictive and explanatory tool of the processes related to the data analysis. Let us point out the examples of the protein secondary or tertiary structure predictions or the modelling of complex biological systems and their interactions with their environment.
These two disciplines are the roots od a new orientation aiming at analyzing and understanding a set of complex systems in relation with the living world and the environment : the master in bioinformatics and modelling.
If you choose this way, you already build our future.
At the University of Liege, several groups of researchers have developed an expertise in bioinformatics: in gene sequence alignments, genomics, proteomics, philogenetics, or systems biology and it should be pointed out that exceptional equipment is available witihin the GIGA centre where the bioinformatics department has the mission to develop the research in bioinformatics, systems biology, and chemical biology.
There are several different sources of funding for research. Some claim that research financing is insufficient, even if significant efforts are made on a regional level, national level ("State grant for research"), and European level. The ULg intends to take advantage of these opportunities to continue to develop a research of quality and excellence. Private partners also provide significant support for the development of applied research.
The large fractioning of financial support for research and the ever-increasing complexity of administrative formalities have led the ULg to develop strong support services for the research teams. The Research and Development Administration is organised to meet with the large challenges imposed by support and administrative management of public contractual research projects, whereas the Industries-University Interface ensures support for direct research projects with companies. The quality of this administrative support relies of course on the professional attitude of its agents and the relationship of trust established with the researchers, but it is also the result of teamwork in which the other administrations of the ULg take part: Legal Affairs Department, Financial Resources Administration, Human Resources Administration.