Biocomplexity Institute

What is biocomplexity?

From the smallest molecule to the world's most populous city, life is extraordinarily complex. Biocomplexity uses the power of computation and the combined expertise of transdisciplinary teams to pose and answer some of humanity’s thorniest questions as they play out over space and time, informing policy and producing new knowledge about life itself.

Our Mission: Solving People's Problems
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The purposeful problems posed to us by decision-makers drive our research programs. Our ability to suggest solutions depends on our theoretical pursuits and our discoveries, as we respond to urgent needs in society. In the process of solving other's pressing needs, our work often leads to the advancement of science with our disciplines, as well as the science of biocomplexity itself.

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Pioneers in Biocomplexity

We've been propelling the science of biocomplexity since we established our first research laboratory at the start of this century. For 20 years, we've explored the frontiers of the unknown to help solve complex societal problems, inform public policy, challenge the fields in which we work and disrupt scientific truths. In 2018, we moved to our new home at the University of Virginia.


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Team Science

Our team science approach to solving problems means we work across silos because every problem in human life involves interacting systems too complex for anyone scientific discipline to tackle. Our research teams breach disciplinary boundaries, merging the perspectives and skill sets of a broad range of scientists. While our backgrounds are divergent, underlying all of our work is a formal, computational approach toward a common goal: solving complex problems for humanity.