ISB News

Lee Hood’s 75th Birthday Party Photo Gallery

Dr. Lee Hood's 75th birthday party took place at ISB on Oct. 10. Here's the photo gallery. As part of the presentations, Dr. Nitin Baliga (ISB's Director and SVP) shared a fun video he made using footage he shot during the faculty retreat. Exactly how many PhDs does it take to find a Prius battery? Watch and find out:

Connecting the Dots: NPR TB Story

WHAT YOU HEARD IN THE NEWS: NPR aired this story (on Sept. 5) about research just published in the journal Nature Genetics suggesting that tuberculosis may have existed more than 70,000 years ago. Tuberculosis Hitched a Ride When Early Humans Left Africa ‘ “The old, traditional view was that tuberculosis emerged during the Neolithic transition when people started to domesticate animals and develop agriculture, which started about 10,000 years ago,”…

Collaboration: $16.6M TB Grant

ISB will collaborate with Seattle BioMed and ETH Zurich on a $16.6 million tuberculosis grant from the National Institutes of Health. Seattle BioMed issued this press release today: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE SEATTLE, AUG. 15 — Seattle BioMed has been awarded a grant from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, part of the National Institutes of Health, that will take a comprehensive systems approach to the problem of tuberculosis…

Open Science: A Hack Your PhD Interview with Dr. Nitin Baliga

Célya Gruson-Daniel, the founder of HackYourPhD, has been traveling across the United States to make a documentary about open science. She stopped by ISB on Aug. 5, 2013, to interview Dr. Nitin Baliga, who is our senior vice president and director. The short interview is below. Learn more about the Hack Your PhD documentary at this site: http://hackyourphd.org/USA  

K-12 Science Education: MESA Math Scholars Visit ISB

Just as the Seattle tourist traffic picks up in the summer, the intern and visitor traffic at ISB spikes during July and August. It’s always inspiring to see the fresh faces of high school students in our halls. On Aug. 7, the MESA Math Scholars came to ISB to visit our labs and spend some time with a few of our scientists. MESA stands for Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement and…

ISB Recieves $1.8M Grant for Ocean Acidification Research

Congratulations to Dr. Mónica Orellana and Dr. Nitin Baliga on their new grant for $1.8 million from the National Science Foundation. The project title is “Ocean Acidification: A Systems Biology Approach to Characterize Diatom Response to Ocean Acidification and Climate Change.” Abstract from the proposal: Diatoms account for approximately 40 percent of primary production in the world’s oceans and are the most productive marine phytoplankton group. They form the basis…

We Study Microbes Because It’s Good for Your Health

Here’s a piece adapted from Michael Pollan’s latest book “Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation” which discusses how processed foods and the modern diet have made us more obese and more likely to get sick. He makes a case for eating more fermented foods that haven’t been pasteurized – probiotics, live-culture foods – in order to get the good bacteria back in our guts. At ISB, the microbiome is an…

ISB Brain Research

  ISB held a panel discussion at Town Hall to discuss the complexity of the brain. It was a thought-provoking evening that attracted about 200 attendees. If you can’t see the embedded video, click on this link: Town Hall video Read Karlyn Beer’s column in Xconomy on why systems biology is necessary for tackling the complexity of the brain. RELATED: ISB’s International Symposium: Systems Biology and the Brain info

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…

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…

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…