New director named for Systems Biology Institute at West Campus

A biomedical engineer from Johns Hopkins University has been named to head the Systems Biology Institute at Yale’s West Campus.

Andre Levchenko has been named the John C. Malone Professor of Biomedical Engineering as well as inaugural director of the institute, which focuses on the biology of regulatory networks that govern life.

At the Whitaker Institute for Biomedical Engineering at Johns Hopkins, his lab combined molecular biology, microfabrication, and imaging techniques with the state of the art modeling studies to investigate how living cells can sense their environment — and how this sensing ability helps them communicate and establish complex ensembles.

“I feel honored and privileged to be a part of development of the systems biology efforts at Yale,” Levchenko said. “I will be working closely with my colleagues at the institute, all top-notch researchers, to develop a unique and internationally recognizable program in systems biology that would focus on molecular and cellular networks in all their dynamic complexity.”

The Systems Biology Institute will try to identify the universal principles underlying functioning of such networks and use these principles to design new biological systems or restore function to the ones compromised in disease.  Another important focus will be  on education of both of lay public and professional scholars on the importance of systems approaches to understand the core biomedical problems. The institute will also seek to translate research results into clinical and commercial applications aimed at improving the quality and reducing the cost of treating complex diseases.”