ISB News

Reimagine: A Night for Scientific Wellness

On Tuesday evening, ISB kicked off a brand new fundraising event called “Reimagine: A Night for Scientific Wellness, hosted by Chris and Barb Moe” It was a huge success — 60 guests gathered at The Collective, one of South Lake Union’s newest hot spots. Guests gathered to listen and learn from Drs. Lee Hood, Jim Heath and Sean Gibbons.

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New ‘scientific wellness’ strategy could cut chronic illnesses and save money

“Scientific wellness” should be widely adopted as a health strategy to avoid chronic illnesses and reduce health care costs, said ISB co-founder Dr. Lee Hood, speaking at the “Schrödinger at 75 conference” on the future of biology, in Dublin. Hood’s presentation was covered by The Irish Times.

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The Decades-Long Path That Led Philanthropist Carole Ellison to ISB

Philanthropist Carole Ellison created the recently unveiled K. Carole Ellison Fellows in Bioinformatics. “It’s so exciting to be part of (young researchers’) lives and help them along in their careers,” Ellison said.

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Julia Joo

Former intern thanks ISB

In 2013, Joo was a high school intern in ISB’s Hood Lab. In 2014, she came back for another internship, this time in the Huang Lab. Joo has since graduated from the University of Washington with a Biochemistry and Molecular, Cellular and Development Biology double major, and now she’s working at Seattle Children’s Research Institute Center for Immunity and Immunotherapies in the Miao Lab.

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Dr. Wei Wei Joins ISB Faculty

Prior to joining ISB’s faculty, Dr. Wei Wei earned his Ph.D. from Caltech and served as a faculty member at UCLA Medical School. In this Q&A, Wei discusses his research career to date, how research might change over the next decade, and much more.

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ISB’s proteomics research in the spotlight

Microsoft Research recently deployed a video crew to come to ISB to speak with our researchers about proteomics and sharing peptide data. A story featuring the video was published on the Microsoft Research blog.

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Reconstructing 'Ötzi' the Iceman’s last meal

Members of the Moritz lab, as part of an international consortium centered in Bolzano Italy, reports this week in Cell, “Current Biology”, a multi-omic approach to identify the stomach contents and microbiome of the 5300 year old Mummy, Oetzi, the Iceman from the Oetzal Alps on the Austrian/Italian border.

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ISB Board Members Dr. Christine Schaeffer and Douglas Howe

ISB Foundation created to support research and education through philanthropy

The Institute for Systems Biology has created the ISB Foundation, which aims to implement fundraising programs to appeal to individual donors and foundations, provide support for capital expenditures for equipment or building additions, grow the ISB endowment, and create new endowed positions and programs.

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ISB’s Innovator Award Program rewards high-risk, cross-disciplinary research projects

The Innovator Award Program at Institute for Systems Biology is an annual internal initiative started in 2017 that aims to stimulate creativity, innovation and collaboration within ISB, to provide funding support for high-risk, high-reward projects, and to develop new technologies and discoveries that will impact the entire research organization.

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ISB's Dr. Sean Gibbons on the importance of the human microbiome

“This new organ that we’re coming to recognize as the microbiome is part and parcel to the functionality of the whole system, and if it breaks down, if it starts to fall apart, we start to get sick,” said Dr. Sean Gibbons, ISB’s newest faculty member, in a WGBH Forum Network presentation.

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ISB develops stress test to predict how diatoms will react to ocean acidification

In a study published in Nature Communications and with implications for understanding effects of climate change, ISB researchers show microscopic phytoplankton are more resilient in an acidified environment.

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Dr. Sean Gibbons joins ISB faculty as WRF Distinguished Investigator

Dr. Sean Gibbons has joined ISB as our newest faculty member. Gibbons’ new position brings a number of changes, including relocating to the Pacific Northwest from the Northeast. Read on for a Q&A with Gibbons that sheds light on his research career to date, areas of study and even a hidden talent.

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The Future of Health: Presentations from ISB’s 17th Annual International Symposium

At our 17th Annual International Symposium, focusing on the Future of Health, we welcomed speakers who are experts in diverse areas including environmental and occupational health, infectious disease transmission and forecast, drug and vaccine development, communicable disease dynamics, and beyond. Here is a video roundup of presentations from our two-day event.

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ISB’s Dr. Eliza Peterson Earns TB Junior Investigator Award

Dr. Eliza Peterson, a senior research scientist who studies tuberculosis (TB) in the Institute for Systems Biology’s Baliga Lab, has been recognized by the University of Washington’s Tuberculosis Research and Training Center with a TB Junior Investigator Award.

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Turn Health Care Right-Side Up: Focus On Wellness Not Disease

“Another vision for health care is emerging — one that is focused on wellness rather than disease; one that is proactive instead of reactive; one that takes a systems approach to biology and medicine rather than studying one gene, one cell or one protein at a time.” Read this Psychology Today story penned by ISB’s Lee Hood and Nathan Price.

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Taking Systems Medicine to Heart

“Excessive spending and poor outcomes in health care and drug development necessitate the search for new research paradigms to translate cutting-edge, scientific discoveries of systems medicine into the clinic more quickly and efficiently.” ISB’s Kalliopi Trachana and colleagues, wrote “Taking Systems Medicine to Heart,” which was published in Circulation Research.

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2018 Consilience Event

ISB’s 2018 Consilience event on the topic of “Exploring Plasticity” will be held on Friday afternoon, May 25th. Speakers featured: Chris Young, CEO of ChefSteps and Michael Merzenich, PhD, CEO of BrainHQ.

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ISB’s Computational Teams Play Central Role in Completion of TCGA’s PanCancer Atlas Initiative

ISB’s computational and bioinformatics teams played a central role in the completion of the PanCancer Atlas Initiative, the final phase of TCGA. The culmination of this work is being published in 27 papers this week across the Cell Press research journals, including “The Immune Landscape of Cancer” in Immunity.

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