Research Groups

Research Groups

Research Groups

Among the most fundamental questions in the life sciences are those of how molecular systems are built from the interaction of molecular genetic elements, how such networks adapt to new conditions, when and how they breakdown (as in diseases), and how natural selection works at the network level to enable living systems to adapt to very different environments. Over the last decade, the complete genome sequences for thousands of organisms, including humans, have been elucidated, opening new horizons to biological research. The major focus for the next phase of biological research is to identify the mechanisms that underlie the evolution of these genomes and that transform genomic information into cellular and organismal behaviors using a global or “systems” level view. The Center encompasses four broad topical programs aimed at developing significant research endeavors in genomics and systems biology, with emphasis on key areas of regional biodiversity, renewable resources, disease-related chemical and functional genomics, and neuronal systems.