Brief History of Computational Biology at Carnegie Mellon
1989 – First degrees awarded in undergraduate computational biology program at Carnegie Mellon. Courses developed for this program stimulate interest among graduate students as well.
1999 – Mellon College of Science receives grant from the Merck Company Foundation to create a new program in computational biology and chemistry, which supported both undergraduate and graduate students, and thereby helped to stimulate development of interdisciplinary, collaborative projects. A major limitation of the Merck program was that students had to be enrolled in one of the traditional Ph.D. programs.
2004 – A new Ph.D. program in computational biology, the Joint Carnegie Mellon University – University of Pittsburgh Ph.D. Program in Computational Biology (CPCB), is established. Founding Directors were Ivet Bahar and Bob Murphy, with the first students enrolled in Fall 2005.
2005 – The program is selected as one of only ten HHMI-NIBIB Interfaces Initiative Awardees in the country.
2007 – The Ray and Stephanie Lane Center for Computational Biology is created as the culmination of many years of development and recruiting efforts, and with the goal of realizing the potential of machine learning for expanding understanding of complex biological systems. A primary focus of the center is developing the computational tools that will enable automated creation of detailed, predictive models of biological processes, including automated experiment design and data acquisition.
2009 – CPCB was selected as one of ten programs nationwide to receive an NIH T32 Training Grant as part of the NIBIB-HHMI Interfaces Program.
2009 – Lane Center becomes an academic department in the School of Computer Science and moves into the new Hillman Center for Future Technologies as part of the Gates-Hillman Complex that serves as the home of the School of Computer Science.
2014 – CPCB training grant is renewed.
2015 – Department name changed to “Computational Biology Department”, and Lane Center for Computational Cancer Research is formed with cancer-related mission of the original Lane Center.
2017 – A new undergraduate program in computational biology is established. The program, spearheaded by Phillip Compeau, Assistant Department Head for Education, enrolled its first students in Fall 2017.