October 17, 2013 - 9:00am to 5:30pm

Department of Systems Biology Inaugural Symposium

Keynote Speaker: James Collins
Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Boston University
Hammer Health Sciences Auditorium×


Hammer Health Sciences Building
701 West 168th Street
(at Fort Washington Ave.)
Room 401
New York, NY 10032

Recognizing systems biology as one of the “scientific priorities that will define the future of health and biomedical science,” Columbia University Medical Center became home to a new Department of Systems Biology in July 2013. Please join us for this full-day symposium to learn more about the unique perspectives that this emerging field can offer, and how new, interdisciplinary approaches based in systems biology are contributing to novel discoveries in both basic research and the study of human disease.


Registration has closed for this event. Please note that at this time we have reached the auditorium's capacity and have a waitlist.


Check-in and Breakfast

8:30 - 9:00 AM

Opening Remarks

9:00 AM
Lee Goldman
Dean, Faculties of Health Sciences and Medicine
Executive Vice President for Health and Biomedical Sciences
Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons

9:10 AM
Stephen Emerson
Clyde Wu Professor of Immunology and Medicine
Director, Herbert Irving Comprehensive Cancer Center

9:20 AM
Christopher Henderson
Co-Director, Motor Neuron Center

9:30 AM 
Andrea Califano 
Clyde and Helen Wu Professor of Chemical Systems Biology  
Chair, Department of Systems Biology

Keynote Address

9:45 AM
James Collins

Howard Hughes Medical Institute
Boston University
Wyss Institute at Harvard University
Systems Biology in the City

Session 1

10:30 AM  
Barry Honig 
Howard Hughes Medical Institute 
Director, Center for Computational Biology and Bioinformatics 
Integrating Structural and Systems Biology

10:50 AM
Dennis Vitkup
Associate Professor, Department of Systems Biology
Systems Biology of Psychiatric Disorders

11:10 AM
Andrea Califano  
Clyde and Helen Wu Professor of Chemical Systems Biology 
Chair, Department of Systems Biology 
Dissecting, Interrogating, and Modulating the Regulatory Logic of Human Cells

Coffee Break

11:30 - 11:45 AM

Session 2

11:45 AM
Saeed Tavazoie  
Professor, Department of Systems Biology 
Decoding the Regulatory Genome

12:05 AM
Virginia Cornish  
Helena Rubinstein Professor of Chemistry 
Expanding the Synthetic Capabilities of Yeast

12:25 PM
Peter Sims
Assistant Professor, Department of Systems Biology 
Tackling Cellular Heterogeneity in Systems Biology


12:45 - 1:45 PM

Session 3

1:45 PM
Dana Pe’er
Associate Professor, Departments of Biological Sciences and Computer Science
What Can You Do with 40 Parameters in Single Cells?: Mapping the Shape of Hematopoiesis and Cancer

2:05 PM
Serge Przedborski 
Page and William Black Professor of Neurology, Pathology and Cell Biology 
Co-Director, Center for Motor Neuron Biology and Disease 
Master Regulators of Astrocyte-Mediated SOD1 Motor Neuron Toxicity in ALS

2:25 PM
Yufeng Shen  
Assistant Professor, Department of Systems Biology 
T-Cell Receptor Repertoire of Brain Cancer Patients

Session 4

2:45 PM
Itsik Pe’er  
Associate Professor, Department of Computer Science
Sequencing the Ashkenazi Genome

3:05 PM
Sagi Shapira  
Assistant Professor, Department of Systems Biology 
Using Systems Biology to Study Host-Pathogen Interactions

3:25 PM
Raul Rabadan  
Assistant Professor, Department of Biomedical Informatics 
The Topology of Evolution

Coffee Break

3:45 - 4:00 PM

Session 5

4:00 PM
Raju Chaganti
William E. Snee Chair, Department of Medicine & Cell Biology Program 
Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center
Systems Biology of Germ Cell Tumors: The In Vivo Pluripotency Network

4:20 PM
Dimitris Anastassiou
Charles Batchelor Professor of Electrical Engineering 
Multi-Cancer Biomarkers Based on Attractor Molecular Signatures

4:40 PM
Adolfo Ferrando  
Associate Professor, Departments of Pathology and Pediatrics 
Oncogenic Signaling Pathways and Drug Resistance in Human Leukemia

5:00 PM
José Silva  
Assistant Professor, Institute for Cancer Genetics 
Integrative Studies for Novel Targeted Therapies in Breast Cancer Patients

Closing Remarks

5:20 PM


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