The Section for Bioinformatics operates as part of the Department for Biochemical Engineering, at the Faculty of Food Technology and Biotechnology, University of Zagreb. It was founded in 2002 when Prof. Daslav Hranueli transferred to the Faculty of Food Technology and Biotechnology, after many years in the development institute of Pliva d.d. Thus, the main area of his longterm research, genetics of gram + bacteria (mainly Streptomyces and Bacillus species), the organization of their genome and the genetics of enzymes and the synthesis of antibiotics of industrial importance became the backbone of the activities of the Section for Bioinformatics. Most of this work is covered by the 3DIS computer system for the discovery and design of healing compounds “in silico”. The focus of the cabinet on project work has led to further diversification of activities so that today with the genomics the cabinet is also involved in the application of bioinformatics in proteomics based on mass spectrometry, nutrigenomics, but also design of and research in a so-called “Wet Lab”. The application of paradigms such as “deep learning” and “big data” to biological problems is the direction in which the FFTB’s Section for Bioinformatics wants to go while at the same time not neglecting its basic task, which is the application in industry, whether nutritional, pharmaceutical or chemical.
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