Education & Outreach


ISB offers advanced systems science courses for scientists and researchers. The course offerings vary, but here are some examples:

Proteomics Informatics Course
The objective of this course is to instruct active proteomics researchers in the use of a suite of software tools designed for the analysis, validation, storage and interpretation of data obtained from large-scale quantitative proteomics experiments using stable isotope labeling method, multi-dimensional chromatography and tandem mass spectrometry. Through daily lectures and hands-on exercises, each course participant should become proficient in the use of the tools.

Summer Course: Systems Biology of Disease
The goal of this course is to introduce the core concepts of systems biology and their application to systems biomedicine. We will demonstrate the importance of cross-disciplinary interactions for the success of systems biology programs.

Systems Bioinformatics Workshop
Bioinformatics software is an essential tool for understanding complex biological systems. Bringing together engineers and scientists building software for systems biology, the goal of the meeting is to inspire and inform the creation of fluid environments for analysis of biological data. Themes for the workshop include networks, visualization, and software architecture for collaborative research computing.

Introduction to Systems Biology
This intensive one-week course will introduce and develop skills and concepts necessary for comprehension and application of modern systems-biology approaches to research problems. The course will focus on a central research problem, selected in part by the course participants, implemented with computational and bench techniques, and analyzed with emphasis on global applicability to other problems. Sessions of the course will focus on the application for specific systems-biology technologies in the context of the theme problem. Each student should be able to develop, as a result of this course, a research outline that could form the core of a systems-based grant application.

Microfluidics Course
This course is designed to overcome the “barrier to entry” limiting the use of microfluidics technology in biology. Through three days of intensive lectures and hands-on practicals, the course will teach the elements for microfluidic device theory, design, fabrication and operation for biological experiments. The course assumes no previous experience with microfluidics, and we encourage practicing researchers in the biological and physical sciences to apply.