News 2007


November 19, 2007 
New Research at UCI Shows for the First Time How Embryos Regulate Vitamin A Derivatives (Press Release)

Thomas Schilling, Richard White, Qing Nie and Arthur Lander of UCI studied the behavior of retinoic acid in zebrafish embryos, which often are used in genetic studies as models for human development because the transparent embryos are easy to examine and develop rapidly....This study appears Nov. 20 in the journal Public Library of Science Biologymore »

October 7, 2007 
UCI Co-Hosted the Eighth International Conference on Systems Biology

The Eighth International Conference on Systems Biology (ICSB 2007) was held October 1 – 6, 2007 at the Long Beach Convention Center in Long Beach, CA. It was co-hosted by UCI and Caltech. Keynote speakers included Drs. Adam Arkin, Eric Wieschaus, and Claire Tomlin. ICSB is the premiere conference in systems biology; For more information, clickhere

September 20, 2007 
MCB/MCSB "Bootcamp"

Auguest 1, 2007 
UCI Awarded $14.5 Million to Support Systems Biology Center (Press Release)

UC Irvine has been awarded $14.5 million over five years to support the Center for Complex Biological Systems in which biologists, mathematicians, physicists, engineers and computer scientists collaborate to study why the human body and other organisms work the way they do.

A multidisciplinary team of 20 scientists will attempt to answer questions such as: Why do between 4 and 8 percent of all babies born have birth defects? When a wound heals, how does the body produce just the right number of cells to repair it? Why do most drugs have side effects?

“Systems biology asks questions about why things are constructed the way they are, as opposed to simply how they work,” said Dr. Arthur Lander, director of the new center and chair of the Department of Developmental and Cell Biology at UCI. “Focusing on the design principles of large-scale systems is really a cultural change in the way scientists view and conduct biological and biomedical research.”

The UCI center is being funded by the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS), one of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). It will be the only one of its kind in California. Eight other centers dedicated to systems biology nationwide have been funded by NIGMS, including at Duke, Princeton, Harvard and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (NIH/NIGMS National Centers for Systems Biology).

April 1, 2007
MCB Gateway Program Is Officially Approved

The UCI Graduate Council officially approved the Mathematical and Computational (MCB) Gateway graduate program in January 2007. The MCB curriculum is designed to teach students at the beginning of their graduate careers the necessary mathematical, computational, and biological knowledge for successful research at the interface between these disciplines. After completion of the MCB year, students are admitted to the department Ph.D. program of their advisor. More information about MCB as well as about the umbrella Graduate Program in Mathematical, Computational and Systems Biology (MCSB) is available on the MCSB website. The first MCB class will be admitted Fall 2007.

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