Biological and Neurodevelopmental Sciences

Computational Biology Institute: The Computational Biology Institute builds on GW’s strengths in life sciences and computational science to better understand complex biological systems and manage an ever-growing volume of biological and genetic information.

GW Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders Institute: GW will invest more than $5 million to establish the GW Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders Institute as a leader in autism research and policy. The Institute will be primarily based at VSTC, with a dual presence in Washington, D.C., to support cross- disciplinary collaboration with GW faculty and external partners. Research will be conducted on the full spectrum of autism, with a focus particularly on adults and females. In addition to research, the Institute will offer clinical services and support for children and adults on the autism spectrum.

GW Center for Biomolecular Sciences: The new Center for Biomolecular Sciences unites experimentalists and theorists across schools to unravel the molecular mechanisms of biological processes and investigations. These researchers quantify the sequence-structure-function relationships of biomolecules, employing precise measurements and cutting-edge modeling.

Featured Faculty

Dr. Kevin Pelphrey

Kevin Pelphrey, a global leader in autism research, joined GW in April 2016 as the inaugural director of the Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders Institute.

Dr. Keith Crandall

Keith Crandall, director of the Computational Biology Institute, has expertise in computational biology, bioinformatics, phylogenetics, infectious disease, crustacean systematics, molecular evolution, HIV, population genetics, bacterial genomics, conservation genetics.

Dr. Xiangyun Qiu

Xiangyun Qiu, director of the Center for Biomolecular Sciences, is a physicist with expertise in Molecular Biophysics, X-ray and Neutron Scattering, and Nucleic Acids Biophysics.