Bourne Laboratory's broad goal is to undertake in silico bioinformatics-related research and education (with emphasis on structural bioinformatics) to improve our understanding of living systems. This understanding covers research into evolution, protein form and function, disease relationships, drug discovery and immunology. Along the way we help develop resources, for example, the RCSB Protein Data Bank and the Immune Epitope Database (IEDB), for use by the community. We view these resources as being as important as disseminating our science through the scientific literature and other means.
We firmly support open access to the scientific literature through our work with the Public Library of Science and free access to our data and software. Using open access we are also working on novel modes of scientific dissemination.