ISB News

Dr. Sean Gibbons joins ISB faculty as WRF Distinguished Investigator

Dr. Sean Gibbons has joined ISB our newest faculty member. Gibbons’ new position brings a number of changes, including relocating to the Pacific Northwest from the Northeast. Read on for a Q&A with Gibbons that sheds light on his research career to date, areas of study and even a hidden talent.

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Spotlight: Ayodale Braimah, Undergraduate Intern

Congratulations to Ayodale Braimah, an undergraduate intern in the Baliga Lab, who has just been accepted into the medical school at the University of Kansas. Ayodale has been studying microbiology at the University of Washington and sought a position in the Baliga Lab in order to immerse himself in an authentic research experience in microbiology and molecular biology. He specifically wanted to better understand how organisms adapt to new environments….

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Spotlight: Alison Paquette, Research Scientist

Congratulations to Alison Paquette who recently was promoted to Research Scientist in the Price Lab. Alison received her PhD in Experimental and Molecular Medicine at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth. She is interested in identifying molecular biomarkers that may predict preterm birth and adverse neonatal outcomes such as preeclampsia. “Pregnancy complications are not very well understood, and we are amongst the only labs really taking a systems biology…

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Spotlight: Christine Pham

Christine Pham, 2016 ISB High School Intern, was accepted by WSU’s Honors College and was named a Distinguished Regents Scholar, which awarded her a four-year tuition scholarship. “ISB saw the potential in me when I had not realized it myself. Working with multiple mentors and lab partners fostered my growth as an individual. As I head to college with the hopes of pursuing an interdisciplinary subject, I will build upon…

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Spotlight: Claudia Ludwig

Congratulations to Claudia Ludwig, Director, Systems Education Experiences (SEE), on being named the winner of the 2017 AWIS Award for Excellence in Science Outreach from the Seattle Chapter of Association for Women in Science (AWIS). Claudia, a former high school biology and chemistry teacher, is the Director of Systems Education Experiences at ISB, a program that she has been instrumental in building since she joined ISB in 2004. Because of…

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Spotlight: Ivan Esmeral

Ivan Esmeral, one of ISB’s 2016 summer high school interns in the Baliga Lab, was accepted to the University of Pennsylvania under its early decision program. He plans on pursuing a dual degree in systems science and engineering at the Engineering School and economics at the Wharton School. Ivan had this to say about his time at ISB: “ISB took a chance on me (for which) I could never repay…

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ISB Spotlight: Lisa Iype

Dr. Lisa Iype (Ilya Shmulevich group) has been promoted to Senior Bioinformatics Scientist. She has experience in biochemistry, software and website development, and data analysis. She works with high-dimensional cancer data sets and looks for significant patterns which may provide insight into cancer development and progression. Dr. Shmulevich commented: “Lisa has made major contributions to The Cancer Genome Atlas project through her participation in tumor working groups, including thyroid carcinoma…

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Gustavo Glusman Promoted to Principal Scientist

By Dr. Lee Hood June 19, 2015 – It is an enormous delight for me to announce that Gustavo Glusman has been promoted to Principal Scientist. This is a new position that requires significant scientific accomplishments, a proven ability to raise money for one’s science and a commitment to the cross-disciplinary, open and participatory philosophy of the Institute. Gustavo fulfills these requirements in spades. He joins Monica Orellana and Kai…

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John Chevillet is a postdoc in the Hood Lab at Institute for Systems Biology in Seattle.

ISB Innovations: Ultrasound-Based Tumor Biopsies

Name: John Chevillet, PhD Lab: Hood Research: I am trying to develop an ultrasound-based method to take a sample from a tumor, thus replacing needle biopsies. An ultrasound-based method would minimize complications, better diagnose cancers, and direct the use of targeted therapies for personalized medicine. Wish List: If I had $10,000, I could analyze the blood specimens we currently have for cancer dna to demonstrate what this method can tell…

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