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Dr. Lee Hood: One of 50 Most Influential Scientists

Dr. Lee Hood has been named one of the top 50 most influential scientists in the world today. The list, published by www.thebestschools.org honors other leaders in science and technology such as physicist Stephen Hawking; primatologist Jane Goodall; Timothy Berners-Lee, inventer of the World Wide Web; and Peter Higgs, of Higgs boson fame. To see the full list, visit this link.

Valerie Logan Luncheon Raises $50K for Science Education Programs at ISB

The Second Annual Valerie Logan Luncheon, which took place on Nov. 13, raised just over $50,000 (UPDATE: As of Dec. 18, 2013, the total funds raised has reached more than $60,000) for our education programs at Institute for Systems Biology. Guest speaker Julia Joo, who spent her summer as a high school intern here at ISB, shared with us the educational journey that led her to choose science as a…

ISB Hosts 2nd Annual Valerie Logan Luncheon on Nov. 13

Photo above: Valerie Logan during the 2012 Valerie Logan Luncheon. To inspire students and imbue them with a love for science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), we must inspire their teachers. ISB has always held this philosophy and, at the 2nd Annual Valerie Logan Luncheon on Nov. 13, we will celebrate our vision for bringing quality STEM education to all students and also honor Dr. Meena Selvakumar as the recipient…

ISB Senior Software Engineers Win BioVis Award

Congratulations to Dick Kreisberg, Ryan Bressler, Sheila Reynolds, Brady Bernard and Ilya Shmulevich on winning "Best Poster" at the BioVis 2013 conference in Atlanta, Georgia. Here's a link to the poster description. Ryo Sakai, who is currently a visiting researcher in the Shmulevich group from KU Leuven in Belgium, received honorable mention in both the "Redesign Contest" and the "Data Contest." Data science for the win!

Lee Hood Selected To Receive Research!America’s 2014 Geoffrey Beene Builders of Science Award

Research!America Honors Leaders in Medical and Health Research Advocacy Glenn Close, Dr. Leroy Hood, Dr. Reed Tuckson, Kathy Giusti and the Progeria Research Foundation to Receive 2014 Research!America Advocacy Awards “This year’s honorees have transformed the lives of many individuals across the country through their remarkable achievements and advocacy for medical and health research,” said Mary Woolley, president and CEO of Research!America. “Their unwavering dedication is helping to elevate research in…

NIH Awards $45M to Alzheimer’s Research

The National Institutes of Health announced $45 million in grants to support several research groups that are focused on Alzheimer's prevention. ISB's Price Lab will be working with the University of Florida to use systems biology to identify new therapeutic targets in the innate immune system. The systems approach, which ISB pioneered, allows scientists to integrate and analyze disparate data (genome, gene expression, pathology) in order to find the molecular…

$500K Proof of Concept Grants Awarded to ISB Scientists

Photo: ISB’s Jennifer Smith speaks to Jose Banda, superintendent of Seattle Public Schools, in this archived photo. Jennifer just received a $250,000 grant from the Life Sciences Discovery Fund. The Life Sciences Discovery Fund announced the recipients of $1.25 million in Proof of Concept grants. ISB’s Brady Bernard, of the Shmulevich Group, and Jennifer Smith, of the Aitchison Group, each will receive grants totaling almost $500,000. From the LSDF press…

Awards: ‘Seven over 70’ Best Innovators

Dr. Lee Hood, ISB’s president, was named one of Seven Over 70 best innovators in MIT Technology Review Magazine. The list recognizes leaders for their lifelong achievements in innovation. Here’s an excerpt from the story: ” ‘The physician and biologist Leroy Hood helped create the fields of genomics and proteomics by inventing the protein sequencer, the protein synthesizer, the DNA synthesizer, and, most important of all, the automated DNA sequencer. He later…

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…

ISB in Antarctica: Researcher Receives Medal

Allison Lee, who traveled to Antarctica this spring aboard a research cruise on an icebreaker in the Ross Sea, just received an Antarctic Service Medal for her participation. The medal was created by Congress and presented by the National Science Foundation to those who serve on a U.S. expedition to Antarctica. Allison is a member of the Nitin Baliga Lab and has been working closely with senior research scientist Mónica Orellana,…

Ranish Lab Receives $156K Grant

Congratulations to ISB faculty member Jeff Ranish and his group on receiving a new grant for $156,000. The award is for collaborative work with Peter Myler at Seattle BioMed on “Base J and transcription termination in Leishmania.” Here’s the public health relevance statement from the proposal: Human infections with the various species of Leishmania parasite cause substantial morbidity and mortality in tropical and sub-tropical countries world-wide. These organisms appear to…

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…

Dr. Lee Hood Honored for Inspiring Future Scientists

Dr. Lee Hood during the Northwest Association for Biomedical Research’s annual fundraising event on June 4, 2013. Dr. Hood received the Alvin J. Thompson Award for inspiring future scientists. Previous winners of this award from ISB include Dr. Nitin Baliga and Dr. Lee Rowen. Photo by Chris Witwer/ISB.

BBC Radio: Dr. Lee Hood on P4 Medicine

Dr. Lee Hood gave the keynote speech at the Future in Review conference on May 21. During the conference, Hood was presented with “CEO of the Year” award. In this BBC Business Daily segment, host Ed Butler talks to Hood about his P4 vision. Listen Now

ISB Post Doc Gets Patent for Protein that Blocks HIV

Martin Shelton Martin Shelton, a post doc in the Lee Hood lab, just received his first patent. He shared the following explanation with his 10-year-old nephew who’s a burgeoning scientist/inventor/engineer. “We made a small molecule called a peptide (which is a sciency word for a piece of a protein). This peptide blocks a function that is key to the spread of the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV, the virus that causes…

ISB Takes 1st Place in YarcData Contest

Dr. Brady Bernard, Andrea Eakin, and Dr. Ilya Shmulevich, of The Institute for Systems Biology (ISB), were awarded first prize and will split $70,000 for their winning entry researching more than 25 different types of cancers and thousands of patients to gain insight into the biological networks that are disrupted or altered within a given cancer type and to identify potentially potent approved drugs that could be repurposed for the…

National Medal of Science Profile of Dr. Lee Hood

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…