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A ‘Perfit’ Startup Weekend

“Startup Weekends are 54-hour events where developers, designers, marketers, product managers and startup enthusiasts come together to share ideas, form teams, build products, and launch.” Steven Lewis, a software engineer in the Shmulevich Group, offers a snapshot of his experience at Startup Weekend UW, which took place on Jan. 25-27. He chose to join a group that would focus on creating a virtual dressing room. The project was called PerFit….

National Medal of Science Profile of Dr. Lee Hood

ISB in Antarctica: 6 Days in McMurdo

ISB research associate, Allison Lee, has boarded an icebreaker in the Ross Sea in Antarctica, where she will spend the next 53 days conducting algae research. Between her more formal blog posts, we’re sharing some Facebook snippets from her first few days in McMurdo, where she participated in a half and full marathons prior to boarding the research vessel Nathaniel B. Palmer. Read related posts. Feb. 8, 7:11 a.m. I…

A Personal Love

ISB Senior Researcher Shares Ode to DNA By Jared Roach, MD, PhD Here is my personal ode to DNA. Valentine’s day is coming and this ode is overdue. For those of you attending my talk on personal genome sequencing tonight (Monday, February 11) at 7 p.m. at Wilde Rover in Kirkland, I have put in some links to books that I think you might really enjoying reading. What does the…

A Personal Love: ISB Senior Scientist Shares Ode to DNA

By Jared Roach, MD, PhD Here is my personal ode to DNA. Valentine’s day is coming and this ode is overdue. For those of you attending my talk on personal genome sequencing tonight (Monday, February 11) at 7 p.m. at Wilde Rover in Kirkland, I have put in some links to books that I think you might really enjoying reading. What does the genome mean to me personally? How is…

ISB at Eastside Science Cafe

Personal Genome Sequencing Discussion at Eastside Science Cafe. Jared Roach, Ph.D., M.D., Institute for Systems Biology, will be presenting at Eastside Science Cafe: Monday, 11 February 2013 – 7:00pm Location: Wilde Rover, Kirkland Click here for Map The first personal genomes were sequenced only five years ago and cost millions of dollars. Personal genome sequencing is now a thousand times cheaper, and many people are considering sequencing their own genomes…

President Obama Presents National Medal of Science to Dr. Lee Hood

ISB NEWS We have been celebrating Dr. Lee Hood’s National Medal of Science, which he received during a White House ceremony on Feb. 1. While the medal honors Lee’s career as a visionary scientist, we would like to thank all the past and current collaborators who have contributed to the success of not only Lee but of ISB, too. ISB has always valued collaboration across disciplines as well as between…

EVENT: Seattle Rep Presents Play About Discovery of DNA’s Double Helix Structure

EVENTS The Seattle Repertory Theatre presents “Anna Ziegler’s Photograph 51” a play about British scientist Rosalind Franklin and her overlooked role in the discovery of DNA’s double helix structure. There will be a panel discussion after the Feb. 17 matinee titled “The Glass Ceiling Under the Microscope” which will feature ISB scientist Kalliopi Trachana, as well as Dr. Lee Hood as moderator. Info: seattlerep.org.

ISB in Antarctica: Travel Itinerary

LAB NOTEBOOK By Allison Lee, ISB Research Associate    

ISB in Antarctica: An Epic Journey Begins

LAB NOTEBOOK By Allison Lee, ISB Research Associate In a collaborative research effort, chief scientist Dennis Hansell invited four co-chief scientists (Alexander Bochdansky, Jack DiTullio, Rob Dunbar, and ISB’s Mónica Orellana) to be part of a grant looking at the origination, utilization, and movement of carbon in the oceans, specifically the Ross Sea. The National Science Foundation funded the grant and it has been dubbed TRACERS which encompasses the objective…

Dr. Lee Hood Receives National Medal of Science

Above: Dr. Lee Hood and members of his lab group raise a very Seattle toast with Starbucks coffee to celebrate. On Dec. 21, 2012, the White House announced that Dr. Lee Hood, ISB’s president and co-founder, is a recipient of the 2012 National Medal of Science. This is the highest honor the U.S. President can bestow upon scientists. “This is exciting because it’s for lifetime achievement,” Lee commented, “which lauds all…

Combing the Hairball

Traditional node-link diagram of a network of yeast protein-protein and protein-DNA interactions with over 3,000 nodes and 6,800 links. Data from: von Mering et. al. Nature, 417, 399-403, May 2002; Lee et. al. Science, 298: 799-804 (2002) The node-link diagram above is a “hairball” of biological network data. Because it’s such a large network, it’s hard to scan for patterns or interesting interactions worth further investigation. But Bill Longabaugh, a…

National Academy of Inventors 2012 Charter Fellow: Dr. Lee Hood

This is the press release from the National Academy of Inventors: National Academy of Inventors announces 2012 NAI Charter Fellows 98 academic inventors and innovators elected to high honor TAMPA, Fla. (Dec. 18, 2012)—The National Academy of Inventors (NAI) has named 98 innovators to NAI Charter Fellow status, representing 54 prestigious research universities and non-profit research institutes. Together, the new Fellows hold more than 3,200 U.S. patents. Included in the…

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…

ISB and the Microbiome

What You Saw in the News: 2012 was the year of the microbiome. Feature stories about the trillions of microbes found in our environment and on/in human bodies appeared in publications such as The Economist, the New York Times, The Scientist, The New Yorker, Wired, Scientific American, and Discover. The NIH’s Human Microbiome Project published a report in Nature. The Earth Microbiome Project held its first international conference, which took…

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…

Every Gift Counts

ISB’s Steve Sample loads turkey dinners to deliver to the YWCA. Watch the video about the emotional day. A complete, hot meal is something most of us take for granted. At Thanksgiving, we joke about abundant leftovers and the subsequent “food coma.” But for hundreds of families in Seattle and King and Snohomish counties, a holiday feast that would have been a fantasy became a reality because of the YWCA…