|| January 30, 2006
||Dr. Falk Schreiber, Head of Research Group Network Analysis,
Leibniz Institute of Plant Genetics and Crop Plant Research,
||Visual Network Analysis for Systems Biology
|| Systems biology is a new field in biology that aims at the understanding of complex biological systems, such as a complete cell. It has emerged in the light of the availability of modern high-throughput technologies, which result in huge amounts of molecular data regarding life processes. This data is often related to, or even structured in, the form of biological networks such as metabolic, protein interaction and gene regulatory networks. Visual data exploration methods help scientists
to extract information out of the data and thus are very useful for building sophisticated research tools.
This presentation gives a brief introduction into systems biology and molecular biological processes. It discusses examples of the analysis of fundamental biological networks and their user-friendly visualisation. These examples range widely from visualising experimental data in the context of the underlying biological networks to structural analysis and subsequent visualisation of biological networks based on motifs, clustering and centralities. Finally we consider new directions and questions in visualising these large and complex networks.