A COST Action is an interdisciplinary research network that brings researchers and innovators together to investigate a topic of their choice for 4 years. COST Actions help to advance knowledge and strengthen the research and development sector, by creating networking opportunities for researchers of all levels of seniority to meet and discuss complex problems and to grow their professional research networks. Particularly encouraged by COST is the participation of young researchers, researchers from ICT (Inclusiveness Target Countries), and gender balance.
DYNALIFE is a COST Action focused on Information Biology, developed at the intersection between molecular biology and information sciences, and with a strong inter and multidisciplinary character grounded on the hard sciences.
The main aim and objective of the Action is to turn the qualitative metaphor of information in the biological sciences into a quantitative holistic view that encompasses the different kinds of biological information and their dynamical exchange mechanisms. The ultimate challenge is to produce a sound rationale for the development of a quantitative theoretical biology.
The key aspect is to understand the role of information and information flux in biological systems Quantitative and predictive models based on Information Biology can be tested against the huge amount of data produced by molecular biology favouring the synergy with the applied sciences and contributing to the development of new, breakthrough, experimental research.
The main four objectives of DYNALIFE are:
- To develop and test the different models and theories about genetic coding and the respective predictions (synonymous and non-synonymous mutations and evolution, protein spatial structure, etc.)
- To extend modelling strategies to the study of information flow in noncoding DNA and to other biological codes.
- To explore potential applications of theories and models, in particular to medicine and synthetic biology
- To contribute to the development of a scientifically sound holistic view of theoretical biology, continuing the efforts that started in Europe more than 70 years ago
DYNALIFE will start in September 2022. Call is open to join the network.
You can read the Memorandum of Understanding of DYNALIFE here
You can Join the Network following the instruction described here