• We use the tools of mathematics and computation

    Biology is too complicated for the unaided human brain!

  • Location, Location, Location

    We're located in the heart of the Longwood Medical Area, one of the greatest concentrations of biomedical science in the world.

  • Measure twice. Model once.

    Quantitative measurements are essential to build and test worthwhile models.

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    Systems Biology Retreat in Beautiful Maine!

    Our 2019 department retreat was held at Sebasco Harbor in Maine.

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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