Care was taken to form groups balanced in terms of the students' educational background. This encouraged students to help one another.

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Márcio Mourão

The PhD in Computational Biology is an opportunity to expand my skills as well as to apply my background knowledge in Computer Science and Computer Engineering into biological data. (2005-12-01)


I have a Licenciatura and a Master degree in Computer Engineering with a specialization in Artificial Intelligence. Out of a desire to broaden my knowledge in biology, I pursued a doctoral degree in the computational biology program at the Gulbenkian Institute (Portugal) in partnership with Indiana University (USA). As part of my PhD specialization in complex systems, I wrote my thesis on reverse engineering the mechanisms and the dynamical behavior of complex biochemical pathways.

I am currently a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Michigan where I continue to work with Dr. Schnell on complex systems and systems biology.

PhD Project

Supervisor: Santiago Schnell

Laboratory: Center for Computational Medicine and Bioinformatics, University of Michigan Medical School

University: Indiana University


Reverse engineering the mechanisms and dynamical behaivor of complex biochemical pathways. School of Informatics and Computing. Indiana University (2011) pp.129. [pdf]


Mourao M, Schnell S, Shaw SL. Macroscopic simulations of microtubule dynamics predict two steady-state processes governing array morphology. Computational biology and chemistry (2011) 35, 269-281.

Mourao MA, Srividhya J, McSharry PE, Crampin EJ, Schnell S. A graphical user interface for a method to infer kinetics and network architecture (MIKANA). PLoS One (2011) 6, e27534.

Marcio A. Mourao, Jeyaraman Srividhya, Edmund J. Crampin, Santiago Schnell. Enzyme catalyzed reactions: from experiments to computational mechanism reconstruction. Computational Biology and Chemistry (2009) 34, 11-18.