NEWS 1/12/2012 - A summer outreach program partially funded by the Institute's NIGMS Center for Quantitative Biology grant is helping secondary school teachers bring cutting-edge molecular biology research to their classrooms. The two-week hands-on workshop, based in the Department of Molecular Biology and co-sponsored by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, attracts teachers from all over the country each July. One of those teachers was recently the subject of a feature article in an Albany NY area newspaper that described how he was subsequently able to start a satellite learning center in his area with the help of University funds.
About the Center
The Center for Quantitative Biology at Princeton University's Lewis-Sigler Institute was established in August 2004 by NIH grant P50 GM071508 from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS), one of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The Lewis-Sigler Institute serves as the center's hub, with this website providing links to resources and publications associated with the Center. Additional information can be found at the National Centers for Systems Biology portal.
The Princeton Center is headed by David Botstein, Principal Investigator, and Ned Wingreen, Co-Principal Investigator.
The mission of the Center is to discover on a systems level how biological molecules interact and respond to their environment using advanced computational methods. The Center grant supports research programs in system-level biology and a broad array of infrastructure. We currently have in place functioning facilities for DNA microarray manufacture, working genomic databases, and are proceeding with the development of new methods for analysis and display of large data sets.
Work has begun on several research programs and we have established a new internal seminar series for quantitative biologists at Princeton that discusses ideas and work in progress. This nicely complements the already well-established formal Institute seminar series in biophysics and genomics that consists mainly of speakers invited from outside Princeton.
We have also inaugurated the first two courses in a new undergraduate Integrated Science curriculum, in a planned six-course program.