ISB News

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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‘Fantastic Opportunity:’ ISB’s Scholars Program Offers Transformational Experience for Ambitious College Grads

ISB’s Systems Research Scholars Program (SRSP) is a two-year, fully funded training program for recent college graduates, and is designed to help transform exceptionally talented and ambitions post-baccalaureate students into the next generation’s pioneers of interdisciplinary research.

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High School Scientist Targets Sepsis, Earns $25,000 Scholarship Along the Way

Sriharshita Musunuri, 17, is looking to find and stop what causes sepsis, the top killer in American hospitals. She is collaborating with several ISB staff members, including mentor Chris Lausted, and just earned a $25,000 scholarship for her work.

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Lessons I Learned from My 17 Years as ISB President

Lee Hood co-founded Institute for Systems Biology in 2000, and has served as president of the institution since; on January 1, 2018, he left that role to serve as chief science officer of Providence St. Joseph Health. Here, Hood shares the many lessons he learned from 17 years at the helm of ISB.

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Bench to Blackboard: Q&A with Dr. Colleen Sheridan

Once an immunologist focusing on research at ISB, Colleen Sheridan followed her passion and became a tenure-track college biology professor focusing on teaching. Sheridan was awarded the Valerie Logan Leadership in Science Education Award, and describes her professional transformation in this Q&A.

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Igniting Curiosity, Catalyzing Change

At the 6th Annual Valerie Logan Luncheon held Thursday, the day’s theme – “Igniting Curiosity, Catalyzing Change” – was evident throughout. Every year, ISB celebrates Valerie Logan, the founder of our education programs, and all her work toward providing K-16 professional development for educators, high school STEM curriculum development, undergraduate research internships, and, crucially, student access to diverse mentors. This year’s event raised a record $140,000 to fund ISB’s education programs.

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Translational Research Fellows Program

ISB, Providence St. Joseph Health Launch Translational Research Fellows Program

ISB and Providence St. Joseph Health are leveraging their respective research and clinical expertise to attract exceptional individuals into the Translational Research Fellows Program, a three-year training program that offers early-stage scientists a chance to jumpstart their careers and provides mentorship from experts in systems biology and clinical research.

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2017 ISB Intern Akanksha Bawa

2017 Undergrad Intern Showcase

Summer 2017 brought a fresh cohort of undergraduate students interested in exploring ISB’s research in the Summer Undergraduate Research Experience Program.

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Inspiring Teachers to Inspire Students

Featured image: ISB’s Dr. Martin Shelton, left, speaks to administrators from the Central Kitsap School District. ISB’s Logan Center for Education recently kicked off a five-year Principles of Science for Principals (P4P) project with the leadership from the Central Kitsap School District. While many programs and accompanying research have been employed to support science teachers in advancing their practice, there have been few programs designed to support principals and their…

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K12 Engineering Scholars Program Seeks Applicants

The UW College of Engineering and ISB’s Logan Center for Education are excited to announce a second year of the K12 Engineering Scholars Program. The program seeks 4th-8th grade teachers of STEM to apply for a summer program. Participating teachers will spend the summer participating in engineering research and collaborating to build curricular resources for their schools and students. Additionally, participating teacher will receive generous stipends to fund the creation…

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ISB High School Intern Gives TEDx Talk

Radhika Dalal, a student at Kamiak High School in Mukilteo, presented a talk at TEDxSnoIsleLibraries on Nov. 18. She also participated in a summer internship at ISB to learn how to become a student ambassador for Project Feed 1010, a Baliga Lab research initiative that aims to make scientific breakthroughs for scaling up sustainable agriculture as well as developing and implementing associated STEM curriculum in high schools across the United…

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Spotlight: Ivan Esmeral

Ivan Esmeral, one of ISB’s 2016 summer high school interns in the Baliga Lab, was accepted to the University of Pennsylvania under its early decision program. He plans on pursuing a dual degree in systems science and engineering at the Engineering School and economics at the Wharton School. Ivan had this to say about his time at ISB: “ISB took a chance on me (for which) I could never repay…

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ISB Proteomics: Moritz Lab Hosts TPP Workshop in Delhi

A team from the Moritz Lab at ISB headed to Delhi, India, to host a workshop on the Trans-Proteomic Pipeline (TPP). @ISBUSA Luis Mendoza and Dave Campbell open up the TPP course in Delhi India today to teach proteomics from the Moritz Lab. Welcome students pic.twitter.com/01hkteGfrr — rmoritz (@r_l_moritz) December 9, 2016 Many thanks from the Moritz lab @ISBUSA to the TPP Delhi Course participants and thanks to Brijesh Pandey…

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Best Ever Valerie Logan Lunch: $120K Raised

The 5th Annual Valerie Logan Luncheon, which took place on Nov. 29, was our most successful yet, having raised $120,000 for ISB’s education programs. There were a few tear-jerker moments, including when Lee Hood interviewed some students: Sara Michelassi, who will graduate next spring with her high school diploma AND her AA in science from North Seattle College, said that she’s always dreamed of working in a lab, “but I…

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Logan Center for Education Hosts NGSS Workshop for Principals

ISB’s Logan Center for Education hosted a workshop on Next Generation Science Standards for principals from Puget Sound area schools. Kim Klinke, of the Logan Center, is also a LASER Alliance Director. She led the workshop, which gave principals an opportunity to learn about NGSS and “3-D teaching.”

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Project Feed 1010 High School Interns Launch Video

High school students Linnea Stavney and Ivan Esmeral produced this awesome documentary about their summer internship in our Baliga Lab, where they helped to oversee work related to Project Feed 1010.

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‘Invisible Forest’ Curriculum

By Claudia Ludwig Baliga Lab Education Program Manager The past nine days have been exciting for the Baliga Lab. Dr. Anne Thompson and I have been working with eight teachers to begin the process of translating Anne’s oceanography research on the Invisible Forest into curriculum that offers a hands-on, engaging experience for high school students. The group developed the framework and drafted lessons that will be field tested this year….

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Intern Notebook: Our First Field Trip

By Isiac Orr ISB High School Intern In an effort to enrich both summer internship programs at ISB and Seattle Children’s Research Institute (SCRI), high school interns from both institutes gathered recently to learn about their respective programs. The interns first met at ISB to get an introduction and take photos. The group then followed Dr. Becky Howsmon, award-winning senior scientist at SCRI, to tour SCRI’s discovery portal and lab…

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