In silico is an expression used to mean "performed on computer or via computer simulation." The phrase was coined as an analogy to the Latin phrases in vivo and in vitro which are commonly used in systems biology and refer to experiments done in living organisms and outside of living organisms, respectively.
The goal of the Center of Excellence is to create an in silico laboratory for the study of natural products and their predictive effects on metabolic networks. We hope to have the lab up and running by Fall 2012.
Network structure of Wnt Signaling Pathway, a network of proteins most well known for their roles in embryogenesis and cancer, but also involved in normal physiological processes in adults. Image courtesy of Dr. Peter D'Adamo