On 15 October 2014, Professor Jerzy Tiuryn of the Institute of Informatics of University of Warsaw was the guest lecturer, having accepted the invitation of the Group of Logic, Language and Information of Opole University. Professor Jerzy Tiuryn is the Head of the Computational Biology Group at the Faculty of Mathematics, Informatics and Mechanics of the University of Warsaw.
The meeting was co-organized by the Institute of Mathematics and Informatics of Opole University and was held in Room 20 of Collegium Civitas. The lecturer of the day, the invited guests and participants were welcomed by the representatives of the GLLI: Prof Urszula Wybraniec-Skardowska and Prof Janusz Czelakowski who presented the scientific profile of the guest lecturer. Then Prof J. Tiuryn delivered his lecture entitled Does biology need informatics?
Prof J. Tiuryn highlighted the significance and the growing importance of informatics in modern molecular biology. He also discussed issues pertaining to of molecular sequences comparison, the sequence alignment algorithm, the problem of de novo genome assembly from massively parallel sequencing data, as well as pointed to one of the vital challenges faced by biology which consists in deciphering the gene regulatory code. The speaker underlined that contemporary molecular biology supplies enormous quantities of data which are processed and compared; however, without a variety of informatics-based tools it is truly impossible to analyze them.
After the lecture, a meeting was held, in which research workers of Opole University had an opportunity to talk to Prof J. Tiuryn.