center for systems

& synthetic biology

an NIGMS national systems biology center


Hacking Kilobots and Cells: Learning to program ‘biological’ behavior in robotic and cellular systems

January 29, 2015

As part of the UCSF Byers Lecture event, the Center (in partnership with Wendell Lim's Lab and Mesoscope@UCSF) presented an series of displays highlighting our swarm robots, the Kilobots, and how they can be used to model biological behaviors. 

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City of SF and CA State Assembly Recognize 2014 iGEM Team

January 17, 2015

At an evening event with the 2014 iGEM team, their families and friends, UCSF scientists, mentors, and previous alumni, this year's Center-sponsored iGEM team was recognized for their success at the iGEM competition by UCSF, the City of San Francisco, and the CA State Assembly.

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Building RNA Scaffolds for CRISPR Tools

December 18, 2014

In a recent study published in Cell, researchers in the lab of Center Director Wendell Lim and collaborators have developed a novel means of regulating gene expression in yeast and human cells.

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Silencing Genes in Bacteria With the Help of Their Neighbors

December 10, 2014

The 2013 iGEM team's recent publication in ACS Synthetic Biology has been featured in a perspective by Chemical & Engineering News. Check it out!

UCSF-UCB iGEM Team: The Importance of Collaboration

December 8, 2014

The 2014 iGEM Team was featured in an interview by GetSynBio about their team and the unique challenges they faces being a combined group of recent high school graduates and undergrads. 

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2013 iGEM team published in ACS Syn Bio

November 19, 2014

The success of the 2013 iGEM team project inspired our students to continue working after the competition to prepare a manuscript for publication.

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Helping Develop High School Curriculum at SFUSD Career Technical Education Industry Input Night

November 18, 2014

The Center participates on the advisory board for development of curriculum at a Biotechnology Academy housed at Wallenberg High School in San Francisco Unified School District.

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Center Supports Women in STEM at Expanding Potential Workshop

November 15, 2014

 The Center helped sponsor a workshop coorganized by QB3 and Synberc called "Expanding Potential: A workshop advocating for women in STEM".

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UCSF-UCB iGEM Team Wins Best Presentation Award and Gold Medal!

November 3, 2014

The Giant Jamboree of the International Genetically Engineered Machine (iGEM) competition just wrapped up in Boston where our UCSF-UCB team competed against 220 teams from around the world. Despite being one of the youngest teams at the competition, our group received international recognition with the Best Presentation Award (undergraduate) as well as a Gold Medal for their achievements.

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Kilobots come to the classroom!

October 7, 2014

 In the graduate level Cell Biology course at UCSF, Director Wendell Lim adapted the Center's new swarm of Kilobot robots to illustrate collectives of molecules or cells.

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Director receives Transformative Research Award on Redesigning T Cells

October 6, 2014

 Wendell Lim has been awarded a Transformative R01 Research Award, intended to support “exceptionally innovative and/or unconventional research projects that have the potential to create or overturn fundamental paradigms”.

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Discovery of Novel Antibiotics Produced in Human Microbiota

September 11, 2014

 In today's issue of Cell, Center Investigator Michael Fischbach and group have identified a novel antibiotic, Lactocillin, isolated from a bacterium naturally found in the human microbiome.

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Kilobots Robotics Workshop Simulates Collective Biological Behaviors

August 22, 2014

From August 18-22, the Center was host to a robotics workshop in collaboration with the Harvard Self-organizing Systems Research group to program a swarm of 100 small robots to simulate collective behaviors.

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UCSF iGEM Team Presents Synthetic Biology at the Exploratorium

August 7, 2014

The UCSF iGEM Team presented an exhibit at San Francisco's premier science museum, the Exploratorium, focused on educating the general public about genetic engineering and synthetic biology.

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Cutting Edge Systems Biology at National Centers Meeting

July 18, 2014

 The UCSF CSSB, along with the San Diego Center for Systems Biology, co-organized the Annual Meeting for all of the NIGMS sponsored National Centers for Systems Biology in San Diego.

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