Welcome to the Department of Systems Biology

Systems biology is the study of systems of biological components, which may be molecules, cells, organisms or entire species. Living systems are dynamic and complex, and their behavior may be hard to predict from the properties of individual parts. To study them, we use quantitative measurements of the behavior of groups of interacting components, systematic measurement technologies such as genomics, bioinformatics and proteomics, and mathematical and computational models to describe and predict dynamical behavior. Systems problems are emerging as central to all areas of biology and medicine.

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Job Opening in the Lahav Lab: Associate Lab Research Director

June 13, 2018

Job Description: 
The Lahav lab in the Department of Systems Biology at Harvard Medical School is recruiting an Associate Research Director to support the new Department Chair, Galit Lahav, in maintaining the vibrant research environment in her laboratory.  The Associate Research Director will partner with Professor Lahav in determining the overall direction of the lab; organizing and executing research projects and collaborations; recruiting and mentoring graduate students and postdoctoral fellows; and writing grants and preparing figures for...

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Upcoming Events

2018 Aug 02

Seminar: Alan Rendall

2:30pm to 3:30pm


WAB 436

Title: Models for the initiation of T cell activation

Abstract: This talk is concerned with mathematical models describing events during the first few minutes after the encounter of a naive mature T cell with its antigen. I will describe results obtained with Eduardo Sontag showing that some of these models exhibit behaviour which had not previously been noticed 
such as multiple steady states and damped oscillations. In addition I will discuss features of the response function which are predicted by...

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