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ISB’s Dr. Eliza Peterson Earns TB Junior Investigator Award

Dr. Eliza Peterson, a senior research scientist who studies tuberculosis (TB) in the Institute for Systems Biology’s Baliga Lab, has been recognized by the University of Washington’s Tuberculosis Research and Training Center with a TB Junior Investigator Award.

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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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Dr. Sui Huang

New Principle for Eradicating Cancer: Leave No Dead Cells Behind

Dead cells, or cell debris, generated by treatments intended to eradicate tumor cells actually act as strong stimulators of tumor progression. The findings of ISB cancer biologist Sui Huang, his former mentee and longtime collaborator Dipak Panigrahy at Beth Isreal Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, and colleagues at Harvard Medical School were published in The Journal of Experimental Medicine.

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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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‘Pushing Cancer Research Forward:’ Powerful ISB Cancer Genomics Cloud Tool in Spotlight

Institute for Systems Biology, Google and CSRA have jointly created a cloud-based platform that allows researchers to quickly, reliably and securely access massive amounts of data in ways that, until now, haven’t been possible.

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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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Genome fingerprinting

Genome Comparison Easier with ‘Fingerprint’ Method

ISB researchers have developed a method of capturing a personal genome as a “fingerprint,” which will have a major impact on how quickly and efficiently genome sequences are compared.

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Postdoc Appreciation 2017

Postdoc Appreciation 2017

In honor of National Postdoc Appreciation Week in late September, ISB’s staff recently gathered to honor and celebrate all of our devoted and hardworking postdocs. The event included speeches from a number of faculty members. “Postdocs are the heart of ISB,” Dr. Nathan Price, professor and associate director, told the gathering.

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Dr. Jeff Ranish Promoted to Professor

We are pleased to announce the promotion of Jeff Ranish to Professor. Jeff has been a pioneer in the fields of mass spectrometry and gene regulation. His impressive history of innovation in mass spectrometry technology has produced novel protein-crosslinking approaches to identify large scale protein-protein interactions in complex mixtures. He has applied the innovations to important biological problems, resulting in notable findings such as the characterization of multiple topological and…

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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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ISB Engineer Hopes to Save the Sword Ferns in Seattle’s Magnificent Forest

Seattle’s Magnificent Forest at Seward Park is located within one of the nation’s most diverse neighborhoods. The 98118 zip code in southeast Seattle is home to people of all socioeconomic classes including groups of immigrants who speak more than 60 languages. Seward Park serves as an urban oasis for the community to enjoy nature, easy hikes, and access to the expansive Lake Washington. The park’s Magnificent Forest, so called because…

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‘Scientific American’ Quotes ISB Scientist

Scientific American published an article on the human olfactory system and quoted ISB principal scientist Gustavo Glusman: “Different species specialize in smelling different things, and it’s therefore very hard to compare [them] meaningfully,” Glusman explains. He also points out the brain’s plasticity. “It is well known that when one function is lost, other functions become more nuanced,” such as increased hearing ability after vision loss. Read More

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Institute for Systems Biology Recruits Technology Pioneer James Heath as President

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE >> Renowned scientist, visionary leader from Caltech will join Seattle research community SEATTLE, APRIL 3, 2017 – The Institute for Systems Biology has named James Heath, PhD, as its new president, effective January 2018. Heath is widely recognized as one of the world’s most accomplished scientists, working on fundamental problems at the interface of the chemical, physical, biological, and biomedical sciences, with focus areas of molecular biotechnologies…

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New Compliance Certification

Chris Witwer, ISB’s Associate Director of Compliance, has been appointed to the Council for Certification of IRB Professionals (CCIP), which develops and maintains certification standards for HRPP/IRB professionals. The CCIP is a credentialing program of Public Responsibility in Medicine and Research (PRIM&R), a professional organization whose mission is to advance the highest ethical standards in the conduct of biomedical, behavioral, and social science research. The appointment is well-timed. On Jan….

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ISB Gets $3.4M NIH Extension for Cancer Genomics Cloud

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE ISB Receives $3.4 Million Extension to NIH Contract to Continue Development of ‘Cancer Genomics Cloud’ with Google and CSRA SEATTLE, Oct. 21, 2016 – Institute for Systems Biology (ISB) has received a $3.4 million, one-year extension to an existing federally-funded contract from the National Cancer Institute (NCI), National Institutes of Health (NIH). This follows the completion of the initial two-year, $6.5 million contract during which ISB developed…

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Vice President Biden Gives Cancer Moonshot Update

This week, Vice President Biden delivered an extensive update on the progress of the Cancer Moonshot initiative. ISB was mentioned in relation to the Cancer Genomics Cloud project. Learn more about ISB CGC at isb-cgc.org. Excerpt from the official White House press release: Official White House press release Full Cancer Moonshot Report Puget Sound Business Journal article

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Dr. Nyasha Chambwe, a postdoctoral fellow in the Shmulevich Lab at Institute for Systems Biology, discusses some data analysis with colleague Summer Elasady.

In the News: Basketball and Biology

Congratulations to Dr. Nyasha Chambwe on being featured in the May 20 issue of Puget Sound Business Journal’s “People in Research” column. The profile reveals Dr. Chambwe’s path to ISB, starting with a full-ride scholarship to Jackson State University. She has been working on a study on pre-term birth and soon will be moving to projects related to glioblastoma and leukemia. Read the PSBJ article… Photo above: Dr. Nyasha Chambwe,…

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