Institute for Systems Biology Programs
Through partnerships and collaborations, ISB is using its systems biology approach to address global health concerns such as infectious diseases, vaccine development, and maternal and child health.
Our research on microorganisms will lead to new solutions related to biofuels, bioremediation, agriculture and medicine.
Education and Outreach
Our programs included professional development services for K-12 science teachers. Through our courses, symposium, internships and professional training, we reach undergraduate and graduate students, as well.
Recent Successes and Current Challenges
In July 2012, the Shmulevich Lab was invited to be one of the data analysis centers participating in The Cancer Genome Atlas project (TCGA) and co-authored a paper that appeared in the publication, Nature.
In November 2012, under the leadership of Dr. Nitin Baliga, ISB's Director for Integrative Biology, the Institute engaged in a long-term partnership with Sapphire Energy to research commercial algae production for fuel.
Currently, under the direction of Dr. Leroy Hood, ISB is using a systems biology approach to identify clinically relevant blood biomarkers for the diagnosis of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. Although we are in the discovery phase, the results look extremely promising.
In December 2012, Dr. Lee Hood won the National Medal of Science, the highest honor the President of the United States can bestow on a citizen.
Organization's current need
The systems biology approach to scientific discovery is very staff intensive. To achieve the goals of our mission across the three areas outlined above and to increase our reach in the international scientific community, we need to recruit at least two new faculty members and several senior research scientists.