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Dr. Kristian Swearingen, ISB research scientist.

Dissecting Mosquitoes is Hard!

Photo by Hsiao-Ching Chou Dr. Kristian Swearingen is a research scientist in the Moritz Lab at ISB. He and his collaborators just published a paper in PLOS Pathogens that describes potential new targets for malaria vaccines. Read his article about the research. Asked about the challenge of having to dissect thousands of mosquitoes, he commented: When we started this project, my collaborators collected all the parasites and I focused on…

In the News: How Olive Oil Led Researcher to ISB

The backgrounds of our researchers are often so fascinating. Dr. Kalli Trachana, who’s a postdoctoral fellow in Lee Hood’s lab, was featured in the Puget Sound Business Journal’s new feature called “People in Research.” The Q&A appeared in the April 15 issue of PSBJ. Read the full article here. “We have all these technologies here that can help us understand your body in completely new ways and with more granularity…we…

ISB Q&A: Nick Newcombe, Director of Development

Q: What is your role as Director of Development? Nick Newcombe: In my role, I plan and implement how and in what ways we are going to deepen our contributor’s connection to ISB and give them the opportunity to further invest in our mission and vision. I empower our science and development/communications staff and volunteers to help carry out this plan. We want our contributors to receive outreach from the…

Science Teaching Experience for Postdocs

Congratulations to Nyasha Chambwe (Shmulevich Lab) and Vangelis Simeonidis (Price Lab; pictured above) who have been accepted by the UW STEP Program. Formerly called “Future Faculty Fellows Apprenticeship,” the program provides training sessions that introduce effective teaching strategies, and guide participants through the development and teaching of a 10-week course. Rhishi Bargaje (Hood Lab) was a fellow last year.

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…

Monica Orellana Promoted to Principal Scientist

In her 11 years as a senior scientist in the Baliga lab at ISB, Monica has successfully developed a rigorous program on marine and oceanographic systems, and has been a pioneer in transcending traditional disciplinary boundaries and transferring systems methodology developed at ISB to explorecomplex oceanographic problems of global importance. Her highly collaborative and cross-disciplinary work involves laboratory and field studies that integrate physiological, molecular and physical-chemical approaches to understand…

Symposium on “Taoism, Biology & Life” at ISB on May 18, 2015

Painting copyright Feng Xiaodong. Institute for Systems Biology presents: Taoism, Biology and Life Please join ISB in welcoming Xiao Dong Feng and Dr. Stephen Little for a symposium on Taoism, Biology and Life. Opening remarks by Dr. Lee Hood. This event is free and open to the public. Location: ISB Main Floor, 401 Terry Ave N, Seattle Date: Monday, May 18 Time: 3:15pm – 5pm Biographies: Xiao Dong Feng was…

Dr. Nathan Price was promoted to full professor. He also serves as the associate director of ISB. March 26, 2015

Dr. Nathan Price Promoted to Professor

Dr. Nathan Price has been promoted to full professor. He started at ISB as an associate professor in the fall of 2011. Dr. Price also serves as the associate director of ISB and co-PI of the 100K Wellness Project. Congratulations! Learn more about the Price Lab and some of his group’s publications. ISB staff gathered to toast Dr. Price on March 26, 2015:      

The Women of ISB: Phyliss Lee, Software Engineer

Name: Phyliss Lee Lab: Shmulevich Research: I help create websites and pages for the Cancer Genomics Cloud Pilot Project. The tools that I’m building will not only help scientists gather petabytes of cancer genomic data faster, but will also help them run analyses and visualize the data graphically. What I’m building has the potential to reach millions of people. Working at ISB: What I like about being in science is…

ISB Taps Kathy Scanlan as New Chief Operating Officer

ISB announces the appointment of Kathy Scanlan as chief operating officer. Scanlan’s leadership career has spanned government, nonprofits and sports, and includes serving as the Executive Vice-President of the 1990 Seattle Goodwill Games Organizing Committee and as President of USA Gymnastics. Through Scanlan Consulting, her assignments have included working closely with the Washington State Legislature on ferry and transportation issues; strategic and business planning for museums, park facilities, and global health/discovery science…

ISB’s Women in Oceanography

Photos above: (Left) Anne Thompson and (right) Mόnica Orellana as featured in “Women in Oceanography: A Decade Later.” BY ISBUSA Two of ISB’s senior research scientists are featured in the second edition of “Women in Oceanography.” Dr. Mόnica Orellana and Dr. Anne Thompson, both of the Baliga Lab, share their stories about what inspired their careers in oceanography and some of their thoughts about working in the field. The inaugural issue…

ISB Announces Cynthia Shumate as Chief Legal Officer

ISB announces the appointment of Cynthia Shumate as the chief legal officer and chief compliance officer. She also will serve as the secretary of the ISB’s board of directors. Shumate’s has had a long career as the CLO or CCO of several biotechs, including including a number of notable private corporations including  ZetaRx Biosciences (now Juno Therapeutics) and Allozyne, as well as the public company PDL BioPharma. She is a…

ISB Welcomes Ron Myers and Naeha Subramanian

Welcome and congratulations to the newest members of ISB:                 Ron Myers is now our Chief Legal Officer and VP Business Development. He is responsible for legal affairs, including patents and contracts. Assistant Professor Naeha Subramanian, PhD, comes to ISB from the National Institutes of Health. Her specialties include immunology, innate immunity, and host-pathogen interactions.

Slow Motion Video Booth at ISB

Institute for Systems Biology held its holiday party on Jan. 18, 2014. We hired Super Frog Saves Tokyo to set up a slow-motion video booth and this was the result. It's never boring at ISB! Doing systems biology research is serious work. But that doesn’t mean we can’t be irreverent. I encourage you to take a moment to watch the really, really fun video from our holiday party. We worked…

Allen Range Joins ISB As Our New Director of IT

ISB welcomes Allen Range as our new Director of Information Technology. Allen spent more than 12 years at Vulcan, Inc., as the Senior Director for Technology Operations. He brings a depth of experience as an IT business leader and global IT operations manager that will help ISB continue to practice science at the frontier. Fun fact: Allen helped launch the Living Computer Museum during his tenure at Vulcan. We’re happy…

Dr. Jeff Ranish Receives Promotion

Congratulations to Dr. Jeff Ranish on his promotion to Associate Professor. Jeff has been with ISB since its founding in 2000. Read about the Ranish lab group.

Lee’s 75th Birthday and his Influence Network

Oct. 10, 2013 Today, ISB’s president and co-founder, Dr. Lee Hood, celebrates his 75th birthday. To honor this occasion we have invited individuals with a professional connection to Lee Hood to answer some questions in a survey we called “Lee Hood’s Influence Network.” In doing so, we were able to collect information on the myriad associations that Lee has formed over the decades of his illustrious career. The survey contained…

ISBers Doing Cool Things: Consulting on a Commerical Shoot

ISB sometimes gets requests from production crews who need to film in a lab setting. Our labs are so open and beautiful that producers get excited about shooting on site. We worked with crew that was shooting a commercial for a large brokerage firm that featured an actor playing a scientist. Four of our scientists got the opportunity to be extras for the shoot. They also served as consultants, teaching…