Biological Modeling
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Biological Modeling

A Short Tour

About the Book

From the co-creator of Rosalind and Bioinformatics Algorithms comes a new education project.

Have you ever wondered why zebras have stripes? Have you ever wondered how your cells can quickly react to their environment and perform complex tasks without intelligence? Have you ever wondered why the original SARS coronavirus fizzled out but SARS-CoV-2 has spread like wildfire around the planet? Have you ever wondered how algorithms can be trained to “see” cells as well as a human?

What these questions share is that they can start to be answered by modeling biological systems at multiple scales of resolution, from the microscopic to the molecular.

This project serves as a preorder for a print companion to Biological Modeling (, a new open course in biological modeling. This textbook, called Biological Modeling: A Short Tour, will follow the main narrative of this course.

A print copy of the book is currently being printed and can be preordered from 

Indiegogo, which will include the ebook. Please use this site if you are interested in a standalone copy of the ebook.

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About the Author

Phillip Compeau
Phillip Compeau

Dr. Compeau is the Assistant Department Head and an Associate Teaching Professor in the Computational Biology Department at Carnegie Mellon University. He directs the undergraduate program and serves as an assistant director for the MS in Computational Biology program, and co-founded (with Josh Kangas) the PreCollege Program in Computational Biology, the first educational program in computational biology for high school students in the United States. 

Dr. Compeau also teaches a variety of courses, and he is passionate about how online and offline educational materials can inform and enrich each other as we build an effective 21st Century classroom. He completed a Ph.D. in mathematics at UC San Diego, where he co-founded Rosalind, a platform for learning computational biology and algorithms through problem solving that has reached over 300,000 users. Phillip also helped lead the development of the first massive open online course (MOOC) in computational biology in 2013, which has since grown into the Bioinformatics Specialization on Coursera. He is the co-author (with Pavel Pevzner) of Bioinformatics Algorithms: An Active Learning Approach, a bestselling textbook in computational biology that has been adopted by 200 instructors in over 40 countries. And he is the founder of the Biological Modeling open online course project.

About the Contributors

Chris Lee
Chris Lee
Mert Inan
Mert Inan
Noah Lee
Noah Lee
Shuanger Li
Shuanger Li

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