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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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What is Biocomplexity?

From a single cell to the world’s most populous city, life is extraordinarily complex. Biocomplexity is the study of life and its environment as complex systems driven by the interactions between their many components. Drawing on expertise from across the sciences, biocomplexity research offers a new way of seeing the living world that can help solve some of humanity’s toughest problems.

Our Divisions

Our research divisions share one approach to solving the complex human problems — a methodology that blends statistics, mathematics, computation, informatics and biology. Their work and its impact depends on support from our operations division.

We use mathematics to explore biological systems. Our work with genetic data is transforming the way we understand life itself.

By mining massive data sets for meaning, we give decision-makers statistical analytics to help them make evidence-based policy and improve lives in their communities.

Team Science

We solve problems whose scale and complexity demand a merging of minds among scientists with diverse expertise. Social and behavioral scientists, mathematicians and biologists, statisticians and computer scientists among others, we meld our skills, knowledge and perspectives. Only together can we unpack the complex issues before us — issues that involve multiple interacting and compounding factors.