Center for Bioinformatics, Simulations and Modelling (CBSM)
The CBSM (Center for Bioinformatics, Simulations and Modelling or “Centro de Bioinformática, Simulación y Modelado” in Spanish) is composed by a multidisciplinary team that includes Bioinformatics Engineers, Biotechnology Engineers, Biologists, Chemists and Computational Engineers. The CBSM is inserted in the first school of Bioinformatics Engineering of Latin America. CBSM through the University of Talca and government grants has created one of the most advanced high performance-computing centers for bioinformatics in South America, with more than 400 CPUs for parallel processing. The multidisciplinary scientific staff of CBSM participates in diverse projects, such as several theoretical-experimental collaborative efforts with national and international groups specialized in biophysics, enzymatic catalysis, computer based drug design, transmembrane proteins and proteins in plants. All these contributions permit to the CBSM to be one of the most important interdisciplinary groups in Chile, with more than 10 papers per year. In the same way, the CBSM is continually developing new tools and including novel research fields.
In the field of biophysics, CBSM maintains a tight collaboration with: the Center for Scientific Studies (CECs) in Valdivia, Chile and the CINV (Centro Interdisciplinario de Neurociencias de Valparaíso) for the characterization of ionic and proton channels. Max Planck Institute of Molecular Plant Physiology and the Biozentrum of the University of Würzburg (Germany) are other important partners of CBSM for the study of plant proteins using molecular modeling.