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Calit2 spins-out interdisciplinary research centers

Jacobs School faculty are hosting three conferences devoted to algorithmic biology, systems biology and computational proteomics. The conferences run Nov. 30-Dec. 3, 2006 at Calit2's Aktinson Hall, and will feature a stellar roster of 20 invited speakers from top U.S. and international institutions.

The conferences coincide with the inauguration of a new Center for Algorithmic and Systems Biology (CASB), created by Calit2, to undertake research, educational activities, and conferences and workshops. CASB is co-directed by computer science professor Pavel Pevzner and professor of biological sciences Steve Briggs.

"This new center meshes perfectly with Calit2's mandate to pursue interdisciplinary research, especially in cutting-edge fields where UCSD can become a world leader," says Ramesh Rao, director of Calit2's UCSD division.

Indeed, Calit2 (short for California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology) is becoming a catalyst for several such multidisciplinary efforts, applying state funding, laboratory facilities, and staff in support of faculty who want to pursue collaborations.

Among these initiatives, Calit2 recently hired alumnus Maurizio Seracini (B.S. '73 bioengineering) to launch a new center devoted to the emerging discipline of non-destructive scientific analysis for art, architecture and archaeology. Seracini is best known for his studies of Da Vinci's "Adoration of the Magi" using multi-spectral imaging and other techniques to penetrate walls and floors to uncover hidden masterpieces. He hopes to engage engineering and arts professors in joint research, and help train a new generation in scientific techniques applied to world cultural heritage.