Institute for Systems Biology's
16th Annual International Symposium


Monday, April 3 & Tuesday, April 4, 2017

The Institute for Systems Biology’s Annual International Symposium is a bellwether of new systems approaches in a variety of life sciences disciplines. The 2017 Symposium aims to drive new thinking in the development and advancement of the future of health. Our speakers and panelists will delve into research and issues surrounding scientific wellness and health informatics; diagnostics and therapies; global health; and the microbiome as it pertains to human health, climate change and food security. We hope you will join us for a lively exchange of ideas.

4 Sessions
2 Days


Trevor Mundel


Trevor Mundel, PhD

President of Global Health, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Lee Hood


Lee Hood, MD, PhD

Co-Founder and President, ISB; SVP and CSO, Providence St. Joseph Health

Martin J. Blaser
Session: Microbiome

Martin J. Blaser, MD

Professor of Medicine and Microbiology, NYU School of Medicine; Director, Human Microbiome Program

Lara Mangravite
Session: Scientific Wellness

Lara Mangravite, PhD

President of Sage Bionetworks

Suchi Saria
Session: Diagnostics & Therapies

Suchi Saria, PhD

Assistant Professor, Johns Hopkins University

Nitin Baliga
Session: Microbiome

Nitin Baliga, PhD

SVP & Director, Institute for Systems Biology

Thomas D. Brown
Session: Scientific Wellness

Thomas D. Brown, MD, MBA

Executive Director, Swedish Cancer Institute

Naeha Subramanian
Session: Global Health

Naeha Subramanian, PhD

Assistant Professor, Institute for Systems Biology (ISB)

Garry Nolan
Session: Diagnostics & Therapies

Garry P. Nolan, PhD

Professor, Department of Microbiology and Immunology Stanford School of Medicine

Jim Heath
Session: Diagnostics & Therapies

James R. Heath, PhD

Elizabeth W. Gilloon Professor of Chemistry, Caltech

GAlan Aderem
Session: Global Health

Alan Aderem, PhD

Professor and Director, Center for Infectious Disease Research

Sébastien Gagneux
Session: Global Health

Sébastien Gagneux, PhD

Associate Professor of Infection Biology, Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute (Swiss TPH)

Mike Snyder
Session: Scientific Wellness

Mike Snyder, PhD

Chairman of Genetics and Director of the Center for Genomics and Personalized Medicine, Stanford

Wenying Shou
Session: Microbiome

Wenying Shou, PhD

Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Basic Sciences Division, Assistant Member


Two days of presentations and panel discussions with some of the world’s most influential researchers in this field.

Town Hall Event

In conjunction to this year's symposium, ISB is hosting a panel discussion at Town Hall.

7:30PM, Monday, April 3, 2017
Downstairs at Town Hall (Address: 1119 8th Avenue)
Tickets: $5
Doors open: 6:30pm

Seattle's Institute for Systems Biology (ISB) is revolutionizing science with a powerful systems approach to predict and prevent disease, and enable a sustainable environment. Explore the cross-disciplinary and collaborative approach of systems biology and how it is applied in the exploration of new frontiers in biology and medicine. This moderated forum will provide a focused discussion on the advances in major areas that affect human health, at both an individual and global level. Panelists include moderator Ross Reynolds, Executive Producer Community Engagement, KUOW; Dr. Leroy Hood, President and Co-Founder of ISB and Senior Vice President and Chief Science Officer of Providence Health & Services; Dr. Steven Kern, Deputy Director of Quantitative Sciences at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation; Dr. Mike Snyder, Chairman of Genetics and Director of the Center for Genomics and Personalized Medicine, Stanford; Gregg Small, Climate Solutions.


Fenwick & West, LLP
Renew Group Private Limited
Washington Research Foundation
Center for Systems Biology

Interested in becoming a symposium sponsor?


Get answers to frequently asked questions.

  • Where is the Symposium being held?

    The Symposium will be held at the Institute For Systems Biology (ISB) itself, located the core of Seattle’s new vibrant South Lake Union neighborhood. Recommended accommodation is the nearby Courtyard Marriott Hotel (5 minute walk, shuttle will be available)
    Institute for Systems Biology (ISB)
    401 Terry Ave N.
    Seattle, Washington 98109
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  • What is the Institute for Systems Biology?

    The Institute for Systems Biology is a nonprofit biomedical research organization based in Seattle, Washington. It was founded in 2000 by systems biologist Lee Hood, immunologist Alan Aderem, and protein chemist Ruedi Aebersold. ISB was established on the belief that the conventional models for exploring and funding breakthrough science have not caught up with the real potential of what is possible today. ISB serves as the ultimate environment where scientific collaboration stretches across disciplines, where our researchers have the intellectual freedom to challenge the status quo, and where grand visions for breakthroughs in human health inspire a collective drive to achieve the seemingly impossible. Our core values ensure that we always keep our focus on the big ideas that eventually will have the biggest impact on human health.

  • I am traveling by car to the Symposium, where should I find parking?

    There is no on-site parking at ISB. There are a variety of pay-to-park options. To learn more about parking options in the area, please click here.

  • Is there a recommended hotel that is nearby the Symposium?

    For your convenience, ISB has arranged a block of rooms at the Courtyard Marriott-Seattle Downtown/Lake Union at a discounted rate of $153.00 per night. It is located on Lake Union, only a few minutes away from ISB.

    Courtyard Seattle Downtown/Lake Union
    925 Westlake Avenue North, Seattle, WA 98109
    T: 800-321-2211 | F: 206-213-0101
    Courtyard Marriott Seattle
    ISB's discounted rate is preloaded -- simply choose stay dates and book your reservation. If you'd like to make your reservation over the phone, please call (800) 321-2211 and ask for the ISB Symposium room block at the Courtyard Seattle Lake Union Hotel. Please make your reservation before Thursday, March 2, 2017 to receive the discounted rate.

  • Will there be transportation provided?

    Yes. ISB will provide shuttle service between the Courtyard Marriott and ISB. There will also be a shuttle to the Town Hall event on Monday (April 3), as well as the airport upon conclusion of sessions on Tuesday (April 4).
    Click here to view the distance from the hotel to the conference location.

  • I have paid my registration for the Symposum. Does it include a ticket to the Town Hall event?

    Yes. Your name will be on a will-call list at Town Hall.

  • Can I store my luggage at ISB?

    Yes. Luggage storage will be available at ISB.

  • I have a media request, whom should I contact?

    For inquiries or to request a media pass, please contact:
    Hsiao-Ching Chou
    Director of Communications
    Institute for Systems Biology
    hchou (at) systemsbiology.org

Poster Session

Please complete the form below.
NOTE: Poster submission does not constitute symposium registration.
Please register separately as a symposium attendee.

If you have any questions about poster submission, please contact Joey Petosa at joey.petosa (at) systemsbiology.org or at (206) 732-1282.


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Please complete the form below to submit your registration.

If you have any questions or issues regarding payment, please contact Joey Petosa at joey.petosa (at) systemsbiology.org or (206) 732-1282.