The turn of the 21st century has heralded unprecedented technological advancements in biomedical research. This has resulted in the ‘omics’ revolution that allowed for description of the molecular landscape of individuals with astonishing depth and breadth. The translation of these advancements to improvement in clinical care, however, has largely been limited. Understanding complex diseases and translating the discoveries require significant cross-disciplinary collaboration. Bioinformatics is a transformative science that brings together this form of collaboration.
The Perdana University Centre for Bioinformatics (PUCBi) aims to merge bioinformatics-led innovation with applied clinical and epidemiologic research efforts to address some of the most pressing medical challenges. This includes a commitment to provide education and training to support the development and continuity of the programmes that result from the initiative.
The Centre will leverage on its network of international connections to bring the latest advances in bioinformatics education and research to Malaysia. The existing international and local collaborations with the University will indeed accelerate these developments. The recently established ties (MoU signed) with BGI-Shenzen, Institute of Bioinformatics, Bangalore and the Asia-Pacific Bioinformatics Network (APBioNet) will provide invaluable guidance and support towards this endeavour. Furthermore, the Centre will also explore opportunities for tie-ups with established institutions/centres/corporations that are thought leaders in the field for collaboration, guidance, and support.
Assistant Professor Mohammad Asif Khan, M.Sc., Ph.D.
Director, Perdana University Centre for Bioinformatics