Yale Systems Biology Institute celebrates new home with ribbon cutting, symposium

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World leaders in systems biology will visit Yale April 21 and 22 for a conference dedicated to the opening of a new home for the Yale Systems Biology Institute.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony is set for 11 a.m. on Wednesday, April 22 at West Campus. President Peter Salovey will speak at the ceremony, which will be followed by a reception. A related symposium, which begins the day before, aims to reflect both the unique thinking at the heart of systems biology and the collaborative work it sets into motion.

Among those speaking at the conference will be pioneering DNA sequencing researcher Leroy Hood, who also is president of the Institute for Systems Biology; biotechnology entrepreneur Jonathan Rothberg; geneticist George Church of Harvard Medical School; and bioengineers James Collins and Doug Lauffenburger, of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

The symposium guest list also includes Walter Kolch, director of the Systems Biology Institute at University College Dublin Conaway Institute; Marc Kirschner, the John Franklin Enders Professor of Systems Biology at Harvard Medical School; Donald Ingber, founding director of the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering, at Harvard; Arthur Lander, the Donald Bren Professor of Developmental & Cell Biology and director of the Center for Complex Biological Systems at the University of California at Irvine; and Leah Edelstein-Keshet, professor at the University of British Columbia.

“It is exceedingly rare to see such an illustrious group of visionaries assemble together and discuss the future of a field,” said Andre Levchenko, director of the Yale Systems Biology Institute. “We are incredibly lucky to have attracted many of the founders and leaders in systems and synthetic biology. I hope the Yale community will share with us in this rare opportunity to hear the presentations from the leading thinkers working at the cutting edge of systems biology research.”

For more information about the symposium and to register, visit the website.

Looking at everything from molecules to entire organisms, the Yale Systems Biology Institute takes a multi-disciplinary approach to understanding the complex interactions of biological systems. The institute draws upon geneticists, engineers, biologists, and physicists from across the university to look at medical and biological problems from new perspectives.

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