Department News

July 8, 2021

This summer, the BISB Bootcamp is hosting a weekly research seminar series featuring BISB and DBMI faculty! Live on Zoom, Thursdays noon-1pm throughout the summer. The talks are aimed at incoming PhD students seeking rotation projects, but the event is open to all members of the BISB program. Future applicants and others who would like to attend, please contact See here for further information.

July 8, 2021

Prof. Gene Yeo, codirector of the Bioinformatics and Systems Biology Graduate Program, has appeared on Good Morning America's list of Who is Making Asian American Pacific Islander History in 2021.

July 7, 2021

Daniela Nachmanson, a Ph.D. student in Bioinformatics & Systems Biology, has been named to the 2021 class of UC President’s Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings Fellows.

September 14, 2020

UCSD's Bioinformatics Undergraduate Program is tied at #2 in US News & World Report's category Best Undergraduate Biocomputing/Bioinformatics/Biotechnology Programs.

July 31, 2020

An article in Nature announces the release of Phase III of the ENCODE (Encyclopedia of DNA Elements) Project, the most complete catalog to-date of the functional elements in the human and mouse genomes. This international collaboration with hundreds of authors includes a number of BISB faculty (Joe Ecker, Graham McVicker, Bing Ren, Wei Wang, and Gene Yeo) and BISB students (Yupeng He, Vu Ngo, Gabriel Pratt, Mengchi Wang, Kai Zhang, and Yuan Zhao).

July 8, 2020

Professor Trey Ideker's lab has developed a new epigenetic clock method to compare aging between multiple mammalian species.

Press release and journal article

All Things Considered (July 8, 2020)

CBS8 / KFMB-TV (July 7, 2020)

June 18, 2020

The UC San Diego Bioinformatics and Systems Biology community has led multiple efforts to address the challenges introduced by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Prof. Ben Smarr became the technical lead on TemPredict, "a global collaboration combining physiological data, symptom reports, and diagnostic testing, seeking to build data models capable of early-onset detection, severity prediction, and recovery monitoring" (Mobile in Clinical Trials 2020), which was featured in The Washington Post.

Profs. Rob Knight, Louise Laurent, and Gene Yeo are members of the core research team of the San Diego Epidemiology and Research for COVID Health (SEARCH) alliance, which received a $350,000 gift from Jean and Gary Shekhter and was featured in PR Newswire and Times of San Diego.

Prof. Niema Moshiri received a $200,000 NSF COVID-19 RAPID grant to develop faster tools for analyzing the evolution of SARS-CoV-2.

June 4, 2019

Rachel Marty Pyke, a Ph.D. student in the Bioinformatics and Systems Biology graduate program, will receive the 2019 Chancellor's Dissertation Medal at commencement for her dissertation “The Role of MHC Variation in Tumor Progression.” Six graduating Ph.D. students in different disciplines were selected for this honor.

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