ISB News

ISB Ranks 4th in the World

SCImago, a research group based in Granada, Spain, generates an annual ranking of research institutions based on the impact of their research. The SCImago Institutions Rankings (SIR) report for 2012 calculates “Excellence Rates” for each of 3290 institutions based on the percentage of papers cited. ISB ranks fourth in the world.

Price Lab Pre-Doc Is Awarded a Harvard Junior Fellowship

ISB is proud to announce that Sriram Chandrasekaran, one of our predoctoral scientists in the Nathan Price group, has received one of 10 Harvard Junior Fellowships. This prestigious fellowship grants Sriram the opportunity to pursue an independent research project without the pressure of having to secure funding and with mentoring from faculty at Harvard and MIT. It’s a “sexy way of transitioning to a tenure-track faculty position.” The rigorous interview…

1st Annual Valerie Logan Luncheon

On Nov. 29, 2012, ISB held its first annual Valerie Logan Luncheon to honor Valerie Logan, Dr. Lee Hood’s wife, and to raise funds for our work related to K-12 science education. The City of Seattle also issued a proclamation for Nov. 29 as “Valerie Logan Leadership in Science Education Day.” We also presented the first Valerie Logan Leadership in Science Education Award to Don McConkey, who is the assistant…

Members of Hood Lab Win First Place in the IMPROVER Diagnostic Signature Challenge

Kai Wang, Ji Hoon Cho and intern Alan Lin, all of Dr. Lee Hood’s group, participated in the IMPROVER Diagnostic Signature Challenge and won first place for the psoriasis sub-challenge. IMPROVER stands for Industrial Methodology for Process Verification in Research; it’s a method for verifying scientific data and concepts in systems biology research.

Juan Caballero Solves InnoCentive Challenge

Juan Caballero, a post doctoral fellow in Dr. Lee Hood’s group, answered an open call through InnoCentive for a solution to combat Citrus Greening Disease, which affects about 18 percent of citrus trees in Florida. He was awarded $10,000 for designing the right RNAi to control the viral disease.

ISB and Algae Biofuel

On Nov. 1, ISB and San Diego-based Sapphire Energy announced a strategic partnership to apply systems biology to algae with the goal of significantly increasing oil yield and improving resistance to crop predators and environmental factors in order to further the advancement of commercialized algae biofuel production. “Together, we have complementary expertise that will allow us to understand, reverse engineer and rationally alter the gene networks for fuel production in…

Profiles of Innovation: Lee Hood at Northeastern University

Our Lee Hood was the featured guest on Nov. 5 at Boston's Northeastern University for the Profiles in Innovation Presidential Speaker Series. You can read the accompanying news story here.

How Systems Biology Can Help Improve ‘Green Crude’ – aka Algae Fuel

Sapphire Energy and ISB today announced a partnership that will lead to exciting discoveries in commercial algae fuel production. You can read the release here. But to hear directly from Dr. Nitin Baliga, who is ISB's Director for Integrative Biology, on why this partnership is unique, watch this short interview.

An Evening to Remember

About 20 years ago, Carole Ellison attended a lecture by Dr. Lee Hood shortly after he had arrived at the University of Washington to start the Department of Molecular Biotechnology. She was impressed by his vision for the future of science and healthcare and vowed to meet him one day. This wish and her lifelong interest in science and human health led her to ISB. This summer, Carole finally was…

Science Education Honors

In June, Dr. Nitin Baliga, ISB’s director for integrative biology, was presented with the 2012 Alvin J. Thompson Award for his significant contributions to bringing systems science education to high schools throughout Washington State and beyond. In August, Zhihao Tan and Michelle Hays, members of the Aimée Dudley group, took first place in the graduate student poster competition at the Genetics Society of America’s Yeast Genetics and Molecular Biology Meeting…

ISB Co-Authored Nature Paper Featured in the New York Times

The Ilya Shmulevich Group at ISB has been participating in The Cancer Genome Atlas (TCGA) project as a Genome Data Analysis Center. The first paper resulting from the main phase of the TCGA project – "Comprehensive molecular characterization of human colon and rectal cancer" – was published in the July 19, 2012, issue of Nature and also featured on the front page of the New York Times. ISB teamed up…

Science Luminaries

In June, Dr. Lee Hood, ISB’s president and co-founder, was one of the featured speakers at the Seattle Science Festival’s Science Luminaries event. His co-luminaries were world-renowned physicist Dr. Stephen Hawking and paleontologist Jack Horner. ISB also co-hosted the South Lake Union Science Trek for K-12 students.

New Senior Vice President

In May, ISB welcomed Dr. Robert Lipshutz as our Senior Vice President for Strategic Partnerships and Chief Business Officer. Rob came to us after having spent 19 years as an executive at Affymetrix, which develops genetic analysis technology. Rob has a PhD in mathematics and is looking forward to helping ISB expand our reach.

Arab Spring for Biology? Choose Open Access

This weekend, Burak Kutlu, one of our research scientists in the Hood Lab, is attending the Sage Bionetworks Commons Congress in San Francisco. The Congress will focus on "Building Better Models of Disease Together: Moving beyond the current medical information system and its rewards." He was selected as an outstanding Young Investigator. Here's his statement on why open access is important: "The economics performing open science is not well defined. One of the reasons that…

ISB Receives LEED Platinum Certification for Green Design

We are happy to announce that ISB has received LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Platinum certification, the highest designation from the U.S. Green Building Council, which offers independent, third-party verification that a building was designed with the highest standards regarding human and environmental health. LEED measures an organizations achievements in sustainbility, water efficiency, energy and atmosphere, indoor environmental quality and other criteria.

Dr. Leroy Hood Talks P4 at Inova Fairfax Hospital

Dr. Leroy Hood spoke at Inova Fairfox Hospital in Falls Church, Virginia, on March 27. His talk focused on P4 medicine. The Washington Business Journal covered the event. The following video is courtesy of Inova.  

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Lee Hood Talks Actionable Genes in NOVA’s ‘Cracking Your Genetic Code’

If you missed the NOVA special "Cracking Your Genetic Code" you can watch it here. Our president, Lee Hood, was among the experts featured in the documentary.

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Lee Hood on NOVA on March 28

We are eager to watch the NOVA documentary tonight on PBS called "Cracking Your Genetic Code." Lee Hood is one of the featured experts. The producer, Sarah Holt, began with a series of phone interviews late last summer before interviewing Lee on camera in her Boston studio. Here's a preview radio segment on the Emily Rooney Show that features Holt and Dr. Rudy Tanzi, who also appears in the documentary….