ISB News

Dr. Jim Heath Takes Helm of ISB, Looks Toward the Future

Jim Heath took over as president of Institute for Systems Biology on January 1. To fully appreciate Heath’s relationship with ISB, you have to go back to its early days – shortly after the research organization was founded in 2000.

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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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Save the Date: Panel Discussion at Town Hall

Save the date! As part of ISB’s Annual Systems Biology Symposium, we will host a panel discussion at Town Hall on the evening of April 4. This year’s Symposium theme is “Emerging Technologies for Systems Biology.” The Panelists include: Atul Butte, MD, PhD, Director, Institute for Computational Health Sciences, and Professor of Pediatrics, University of California, San Francisco; Carol Dahl, PhD, Executive Director, The Lemelson Foundation; and Jacob Corn, PhD,…

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Pushing the Molecular Switches of Tuberculosis Into Overdrive to Map Interactions

3 Bullets: Mycobacterium tuberculosis (MTB) infects more than 1.5 billion people worldwide partly due to its ability to sense and adapt to the broad range of hostile environments that exist within hosts. To study how MTB controls its responses at a molecular level, ISB researchers and their collaborators at Seattle Biomed perturbed almost all MTB transcription factor regulators and identified the affected genes. This comprehensive map of molecular switches in…

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ISB 2014 Year in Review

ISB has had a busy year! Explore a year’s worth of headlines on this timeline.

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Cancer genomics visualization at ISB

It’s Easier to Go ‘Viral’ When Your Partner Happens to be Google

By ISBUSA Since we announced that we got a $6.5 million contract from NCI to develop the Cancer Genomics Cloud pilot project, we’ve gotten some great press from around the world. It doesn’t hurt that one of our partners is Google, of course. Here are some of the headlines from around the world: Puget Sound Business Journal: Cancer in the cloud: Institute for Systems Biology teams up with Google NBCNews.com:…

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Analyzing Family Genomics Reveals New Culprit in Rare Disease

3 Bullets: Adams-Oliver syndrome (AOS) is a rare congenital disease characterized by scalp lesions and limb defects. Additional vascular abnormalities and heart defects can lead to early death in some patients. By analyzing twelve families affected with the disease, we identified causal mutations in a new disease gene, NOTCH1, in five families. NOTCH1 is likely to be the major cause of AOS. NOTCH1 codes for a transcription factor that governs…

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100K Wellness Project article in Clinical Omics written by ISB's Lee Hood and Nathan Price.

100K Wellness Project Article by Lee Hood and Nathan Price in Clinical Omics

The latest press about the 100K Wellness Project is in the May 15 issue of Clinical Omics and features a piece by Dr. Lee Hood, president of Institute for Systems Biology (ISB), and Dr. Nathan Price, ISB’s associate director. Read “Promoting Wellness and Demystifying Disease: The 100K Project”

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Speakers Dr. Joe Gray, of Knight Cancer Institute of Oregon Health & Science University, and Dr. Carla Grandori, of Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, answer questions during a panel discussion.

ISB Systems Biology Symposium Speaker Videos Now Available

ISB held its 13th Annual International Symposium: Systems Biology & Cancers on April 13-14. Please read more about our speakers and program. If you weren't able to attend or would like to refresh your memory of the talks, we have made a selection of the presentations available to view below. Or visit the playlist on ISB's YouTube channel.

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Systems Biology + Systems Art

(Photo above: Artist Xiao Dong Feng and Dr. Lee Hood raise a toast during a reception on April 28. Feng’s painting “Qing Xu” hangs in the background. The name is symbolic of someone who eschews earthly materialism and is instead a visionary who seeks a higher or more spiritual understanding.) On April 28, Institute for Systems Biology hosted an intimate symposium on Systems Biology & Systems Art in honor of…

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ISB Welcomes Ron Myers and Naeha Subramanian

Welcome and congratulations to the newest members of ISB:                 Ron Myers is now our Chief Legal Officer and VP Business Development. He is responsible for legal affairs, including patents and contracts. Assistant Professor Naeha Subramanian, PhD, comes to ISB from the National Institutes of Health. Her specialties include immunology, innate immunity, and host-pathogen interactions.

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ISB at Town Hall Seattle: Systems Biology & Cancers

On March 27, 2014, ISB and Town Hall Seattle co-presented a panel discussion on "Systems Biology & Cancers: From Big Data to Personalized Treatment." Panelists included ISB president, Dr. Lee Hood; Dr. Tony Blau, of UW's Division of Hematology, Department of Medicine; Dr. Peter Nelson, prostate cancer researcher and oncologist at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center; and moderator Dr. Eric Holland, Senior VP and Director of the Human Biology Division…

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ISB at Town Hall Seattle: Systems Biology & Cancers

On March 27, 2014, ISB and Town Hall Seattle co-presented a panel discussion on "Systems Biology & Cancers: From Big Data to Personalized Treatment." Panelists included ISB president, Dr. Lee Hood; Dr. Tony Blau, of UW's Division of Hematology, Department of Medicine; Dr. Peter Nelson, prostate cancer researcher and oncologist at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center; and moderator Dr. Eric Holland, Senior VP and Director of the Human Biology Division…

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Photo of set of commercial shoot.

ISB Serves as Backdrop for Columbia Bank Commercial

In April 2012, Seattle-based advertising and public relations agency GreenRubino shot a commercial for Columbia Bank using ISB as the set. The producers needed a vibrant, “science-y” set for the TV ad featuring a Columbia Bank client who also happens to be a molecular biologist – and, no, Bert does not work at ISB. ISB’s bold connectivity walls captured the producers’ imaginations. We were delighted to see the commercial on…

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Mark Calendars for Dr. Lee Hood’s Reddit AMA on April 11

Dr. Lee Hood will participate in a Reddit AMA (Ask Me Anything) on March 24 April 11 from 10-11 a.m. PST. There will be more details posted on Reddit.com the morning of April 11. For now, feel free to look at the list of upcoming science AMAs or check out some previous science AMAs here.

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From There to Here: Dr. Lee Hood

At ISB, we ask staff to share their stories about how they got "From There to Here" — because each person's path to ISB is unique. Recently, Dr. Lee Hood, our president, shared his journey from his childhood in Montana to the founding of ISB. What an incredible history.

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Luxembourg-ISB Partnership: ‘An Unqualified Success’

By Hsiao-Ching Chou LUXEMBOURG JOURNAL, June 12, 2013 – At the 17th-century Neumünster Abbey, the cultural heart of Luxembourg City, a small group of some of the world’s most cutting-edge scientists gathered on June 10-11, 2013, for a symposium to discuss the future of medicine and healthcare. The consensus was clear: Achieving the greatest advances requires “no-box” thinking, cross-disciplinary teamwork and, as ISB president, Dr. Lee Hood, likes to say,…

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Scenes from Luxembourg

ISB is co-hosting a scientific symposium with Luxembourg Centre for Systems Biomedicine in Luxembourg City on June 10-11. Here are some scenes from Luxembourg pre-symposium. The full set of images can be found at this link: http://www.flickr.com/photos/90930918@N08/sets/72157634024779425/

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