center for systems

& synthetic biology

an NIGMS national systems biology center


Dewey Academy high school students talk science with Center trainees

March 8, 2013

Our Center worked with high school science teacher, Stephen Wakulchik, to organize a field trip to UCSF for students currently enrolled in physics or biology courses at Dewey Academy.

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Hana El-Samad named Allen Distinguished Investigator

March 1, 2013

The Paul G. Allen Family Foundation has announced its second round of Allen Distinguished Investigators, an award designed to support scientists in their pursuit of especially creative and ambitious projects.

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iGEM program featured at first AAAS International Teacher-Scientist Partnership conference

February 25, 2013

The UCSF Science & Health Education Partnership (SEP) works with scientists and teachers in the Bay Area to support science education and has been a valuable collaborator for educational opportunities that our Center has developed. As a result of our successful iGEM program, we were invited to organize a session at the first International Teacher-Scientist Partnership Conference.

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Sequestering kinases aids in detangling signaling pathways

February 21, 2013

Vidal et al., in a study published in Cell Reports, demonstrate the formation of MAPK subnuclear foci as a means to uncouple the pheromone and osmolarity signaling pathways in yeast.

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Mapping genetic interactions in mammalian cells

February 13, 2013

New work from Center investigator Nevan Krogan and colleagues published in Nature Methods takes advantage of recent developments in RNAi technology to develop a new platform for mapping genetic interactions in mammalian cells.

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Registration for 'cell-based therapeutics: the next pillar of medicine' now open

February 12, 2013

Please join us for a one-day symposium on “Cell-Based Therapeutics: The Next Pillar of Medicine” at UCSF on Friday, April 12, 2013. Participation is free and open to those planning to be in the Bay Area on April 12, but registration is required as space is limited.

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Engineering interference to outsmart HIV

February 1, 2013

Center investigator Leor Weinberger and colleagues are applying synthetic biology approaches to treating viral infections such as HIV.

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2012 iGEM team and alumni network at UCSF

January 6, 2013

On January 4th, iGEM team members, alumni, and families gathered to celebrate the 2012 iGEM team's gold medal performance.

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2012 Feynman prize for nanotechnology theory awarded to David Soloveichik

December 19, 2012

Systems Biology Fellow David Soloveichik has received the 2012 Foresight Institute Feynman Prize for his general theory of DNA displacement cascades.

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Matt Thomson receives NIH Director's Early Independence Award

December 5, 2012

Systems Biology Fellow Matt Thomson was one of only 14 recipients of the prestigious 2012 NIH Director's Early Independence Awards.

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Cell Biology 2.0

December 3, 2012

"If we can build it, we can understand it", or so the saying goes from Giambattista Vico, which was later reiterated by Richard Feynman.

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Mothers hand over mitochondria to daughters in budding yeast cell division

November 27, 2012

Cellular content such as the mitochondrial network need to be correctly proportioned between mother and daughter cells during cell division.

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Synthetically building breast tissues illustrates how abnormal cells affect neighbors

November 16, 2012

A new study out of Center investigator Zev Gartner's lab demonstrates that cell-to-cell variability in Ras activity can drive unusual behaviors during mammary epithelial morphogenesis.

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Center co-organizes 'What You Can Be with a PhD' event

November 12, 2012

On November 7, 2012 Center members participated in a graduate school symposium at Prairie View A&M University in Texas that was organized by Kate Spohr (UC Berkeley), Veronica Zepeda (UCSF) and Felecia Nave (Prairie View A&M).

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UCSF iGEM program receives accolades

November 6, 2012

The UCSF iGEM program was recognized as part of the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) Outstanding Community Service Award to the UCSF School of Medicine.

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Distinguishing between competing models of organelle size control

October 22, 2012

Wallace Marshall and colleagues have developed new microfluidic trapping and laser microsurgery techniques to distinguish between two predominant models (induced versus constitutive) for organelle size control.

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