Bioinformatics has become an essential component of computationally intensive functional genomics, comparative genomics, gene discovery, transcriptional regulatory networks, biochemical pathway analysis, molecular modeling, proteomics and rational drug design. It helps to analyze genes on a massive scale to dissect the precise understanding of the biological processes at the molecular level. Bioinformatics is widely regarded as the key to decipher the staggering functional genomics and genotyping data in the 21st century.
Envisaging the potential of bioinformatics in modern biological research, KBIRVO, SankaraNethralaya established Center for Bioinformatics by 2010, to provide a platform for education and research in bioinformatics and its application to Vision Science. The ultimate goal of this multidisciplinary center is to focus on research and education in the rapidly emerging fields of bioinformatics and computational biology which deal with the analysis, integration and management of biological or biomedical data generated by high-throughput techniques in genomics, transcriptomics and proteomics (with potential application to ocular diseases). The Department was established and led by Dr.V.Umashankar since 2010.