SDCSB began in 2005 as the San Diego Consortium for Systems Biology to bring together scientists across disciplines and institutions, to promote collaborative research and training, and to support the exchange of ideas and resources.
In 2010, we became one of the National Centers for Systems Biology funded by the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) (P50 GM085764). Over the past five years our research has led to significant systems biology advances, including genome-wide studies of how stress remodels transcriptional and genetic networks, discovery of an independent metabolic clock coordinating cell growth through cycles of TOR1 activity, demonstration that much of the Gene Ontology can be inferred directly from ‘omics data, prediction of cancer survival time and drug response by an approach called Network Based Stratification and a series of major feats in engineering of synthetic coupled genetic circuits.
The theme of our Center – “From Maps to Models” – addresses an important challenge in systems biology: traversing between network maps and mathematical models, two very successful but so far mostly separate biological representations and modes of study. Network maps tend to be global, static, abstract and descriptive, whereas mathematical models tend to be local, dynamic, detailed and predictive. Guided by this overarching theme, four SDCSB research projects seek to develop a general library of maps and models relevant to fundamental cellular and super-cellular processes, including the spatiotemporal architecture of the genome, protein turnover dynamics, cell-cell communication and heterogeneity and environment-genome interactions. These mapping and modeling activities are fueled by technologies advanced across three SDCSB core platforms.
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