Systems Biology Program Faculty and Students in the News





Mapping Microbes in People

New studies involving Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) researchers have helped to identify and analyze the vast human “microbiome,” the more than 5 million microbial genes in the body.

Rethinking mitosis

The mitotic spindle, an apparatus that segregates chromosomes during cell division, may be more complex than the standard textbook picture suggests.

Turing was right

Today, Alan Turing is best known as the father of modern computer science, but in 1952 he sketched out a biological model in which two chemicals — an activator and an inhibitor — could interact to form the basis for everything from the color patterns of a butterfly’s wings to the black and white stripes of a zebra.

The Power of a Good Mentor

Professors Amanda Claybaugh in English, Angela DePace in Systems Biology, Carol Oja in Music, and Arthur Spirling in Government are the recipients of the 2012 Everett Mendelsohn Excellence in Mentoring Awards.

Magnetic Yeast: Researchers succeed in magnetizing yeast cells

Pam Silver and postdoctoral researcher Keiji Nishida

Sabeti named Young Global Leader

Assistant Professor of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology

Molecular Motor Struts Like Drunken Sailor

Monty Python may claim credit for immortalizing the “silly walk,” but molecular biology beat the comedy troupe to the punch.

Three Students Win New Howard Hughes Funding

Three GSAS students are among the 48 total winners in a new fellowship competition from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute that awards full-time funding to exceptional international students.

Bacterial Genes Tell the Tale of an Outbreak’s Evolution

Researchers at Harvard Medical School and Children’s Hospital Boston have retraced the evolution of an unusual bacterial infection as it spread among cystic fibrosis patients.