Systems Biology and Chemical Biology
The Systems, Synthetic and Chemical Biology theme is diverse and spans disciplines from biotechnology and biopharmaceuticals to precision medicine, cancer and stem cell biology, autoimmune disease, and metabolic and neurological disorders, among others. The unifying element is a research approach that shifts attention from individual biological ‘parts’ to the orchestrated function of interconnected networks of genes, molecules, cells or organisms. Researchers in this theme often use ‘big data’ and high-throughput ‘-omics’ approaches, notably genomics, phenomics, proteomics and metabolomics, to make sense of complicated observations, to uncover and target disease mechanisms, and to explore and exploit biological ‘design’ principles. Trainees in this theme are part of a highly collaborative, interdisciplinary, and technology-focused learning environment that provides a comprehensive foundation for a broad range of academic and professional careers.