The Bioinformatics for Combating Infectious Dieseases , or BCID, project is... We propose that through an interdisciplinary, technology driven methodology, the effectiveness of genomic approaches for anti-infective drug discovery could be greatly enhanced. Thus, this BCID Project is focused on the development of more accurate and faster bioinformatics algorithms and tools for identifying anti-infective drug targets, candidate drugs and potential vaccines. Our interdisciplinary team is capitalizing on Simon Fraser University's unique strengths in computational, physical, chemical and biological sciences to discover potential new therapeutic targets and test them first in silico and then in the laboratory. Our program provides an environment for trainees from the basic and applied sciences to learn career skills relevant to performing interdisciplinary, team-based, internationally competitive research. With the ability to analyze many infectious disease-causing microbes in parallel, the..