The Mathematics, Informatics and Genomics Laboratory (MIG) groups together mathematicians, computer scientists, physical chemists and biologists around the analysis of the genomes. It is a cross-disciplinary laboratory within INRA depending on 3 departments: Applied Mathematics and Informatics, Microbiology and the Food Chain and Animal Physiology and Livestock Systems.
The MIG laboratory has received the following objectives :
MIG, as a centre of bioinformatics, positions itself naturally in the field of integrative biology. Integrative biology involves the production of a considerable mass of heterogeneous data (signals and images, nucleic acid sequences, three-dimensional structures of proteins, bibliographic data, interaction networks, etc). The ultimate goal of integrative biology is to shed light on the relations between the genome and the biological properties of organisms (phenotype) by exploring and describing all the intermediate levels of the organization: cell processes, tissues, organs, physiological processes, etc. In this context, bioinformatics occupies a central position as it enables biologists to handle, analyse and use the avalanche of data in the most efficient way.
Consequently the present research projects include the setup of biological databases, the development of new softwares that are user friendly for the biologists and the automatic mining of the scientific literature in biology.
All the members of the laboratory participate in one way or another to these tasks and the laboratory is structured into three main research subjects :
Our collaboration with other laboratories are structured into specific projects.
The MIG Laboratory underwent an evaluation on October 13, 2003. You will find the evaluation report here.