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ISB Senior Vice President and Director
Strange Microbes and Complex Diseases:
Different Problems, One Approach
RSVP Sissy Bouchard 206.732.1211
Microbes have figured out how to colonize nearly every environmental niche on our planet. The outstanding question is whether we can mine gene networks for strange and interesting chemistries from different microbes and recombine these into integrated solutions for our own problems. It turns out that the biological complexity that needs to be tackled to uncover microbial networks requires the same strategies that are needed to understand complex diseases. In the end, the predictive models that are necessary to redirect the evolution of these biological systems - microbes or complex diseases - will be a center piece for the future of medicine and biotechnology.
About Our Speaker:
Dr. Nitin Baliga is a Professor at ISB, where he also serves as Senior Vice President and Director. He did his early schooling in Mumbai, India, where he received a B.Sc. in Microbiology (1992) from Ruia College. He also has a M.Sc. in Marine Biotechnology (1994) from Goa University, and a Ph.D. in Microbiology from University of Massachusetts at Amherst (2000). Dr. Baliga’s graduate work was supported by two highly coveted awards from the Central Government of India including the Department of Biotechnology studentship, as well as the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research fellowship. Work in Dr. Baliga’s work has been featured in The Scientist, Genome Web, Wired magazine, Genetic Engineering News, Ars Technica, Xconomy, and Nature Methods, among many others. His research has been supported by the National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, NASA, Department of Energy, and the Department of Defense. He is the Section Editor of BMC Systems Biology, serves on scientific advisory boards of numerous academic and industrial organizations, and has been instrumental in research program planning for the NSF, US Army, ARPA-E and DOE., Dr. Baliga is also actively engaged in bringing innovative inquiry based curriculum on current science concepts to high schools throughout the United States. In 2012 he was the recipient of the Alvin J. Thompson award in recognition of his contributions to HS education.