Christophe Lambert Tackles the Bioinformatician Bottleneck


Christophe Lambert, Professor at MSU, Founder, Golden Helix

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Listen (6:00) Not nearly enough bioinformaticians?

Listen (7:23) Are students customers or products of the university system?

Listen (2:40) Computer Science not a science?

Listen (3:47) Are biologists becoming mere technicians?

Listen (7:17) Theory of Requisite Organization

Listen (6:02) Applying cybernetics to biology

We can always count on Christophe Lambert to come on the show and raise some tough questions and even make a stab at answering them. Christophe is one of those early pioneers of bioinformatics. Getting an undergraduate in Computer Science at Montana State and then a PhD in the same at Duke back in the 90's, Christophe was intrigued early on by biology. This led him to found Golden Helix in 1998, one of the oldest bioinformatics companies around.

This year Christophe hired a new CEO to replace him at Golden Helix which allowed him to transition back into academia at Montana State. He's currently developing the computer science program there, and this has him questioning not only how we go about education, but also how we are bringing information science to the complexity of biology.
After a few questions to get him warmed up, such as "Is Computer Science really science?" Christophe goes on a run, tackling some difficult topics. Are biologists in the IT age becoming mere technicians? Christophe turns to the Theory of Requisite Organization, saying there are many different kinds and levels of biologists. There are those doing classification, or naming, all the way up to those working on universal laws. What universal laws about biology has he probed, we ask.

For more in-depth presentation on the ideas Christophe presents here, we suggest his Vimeo channel.

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