Department News

Yue Qin awarded Friends of the International Center Endowed Fellowship

August 12, 2022

Congratulations to Yue Qin, a Ph.D. student in Bioinformatics & Systems Biology, on being awarded a Friends of the International Center Endowed Fellowship! This is awarded to a student who promotes international friendship, understanding, and cooperation.

Origins of COVID-19 pandemic

July 28, 2022

In a pair of related studies published in Science, researchers at University of California San Diego, with colleagues on four continents, show that the origin of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2019 was at the Huanan Seafood Wholesale Market in Wuhan, China, and resulted from at least two instances of the SARS-CoV-2 virus jumping from live animal hosts to humans working or shopping there.

The first paper's lead author is Jonathan Pekar, a Ph.D. student in Bioinformatics and Systems Biology, and the main PI is BISB Prof. Joel Wertheim. Coauthors also include BISB Ph.D. student Jennifer Havens, BISB Prof. Niema Moshiri, and Moshiri Lab undergraduate student Katherine Izhikevich. The second paper was also coauthored by Jonathan Pekar and Prof. Joel Wertheim.

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Yue Qin, Trey Ideker, Gene Yeo publish MuSIC (Multi-Scale Integrated Cell) in Nature

May 13, 2022

Image credit: Charlotte (Curtis) Marquez


By combining microscopy, biochemistry techniques and artificial intelligence, researchers at University of California San Diego School of Medicine and collaborators have taken what they think may turn out to be a significant leap forward in the understanding of human cells. The technique, known as Multi-Scale Integrated Cell (MuSIC), has been published in Nature.

“The combination of these technologies is unique and powerful because it’s the first time measurements at vastly different scales have been brought together,” said study first author Yue Qin, a Bioinformatics and Systems Biology graduate student. The authors also include Bioinformatics and Systems Biology faculty Trey Ideker and Gene Yeo, and 25 other collaborators.

Article: Nature, PubMed, PDF

UCSD press release: We Might Not Know Half of What’s in Our Cells, New AI Technique Reveals

See also: GEN, SciTech Daily, ScienceDaily, The Medical News, Neuroscience News, Science Blog, Laboratory Equipment, La Jolla Light, Times of San Diego, and Patch.

Nancy Yuan awarded TRDRP fellowship

March 25, 2022

Nancy Yuan, a Ph.D. student in Bioinformatics & Systems Biology, has been awarded a TRDRP (Tobacco-Related Disease Research Program) predoctoral research fellowship.

Elizabeth Winzeler elected to National Academy of Medicine

October 28, 2021

Congratulations to Prof. Elizabeth Winzeler in the BISB program on being elected to the National Academy of Medicine!

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Andrea Castro awarded Siebel Scholarship Award

October 13, 2021

Andrea Castro, a Ph.D. student in the Bioinformatics and Systems Biology graduate program, has been named a 2021 Siebel Scholar.

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Anh Pham awarded 2021-2022 Sigma Delta Epsilon Tau Chapter Fellowship

October 13, 2021

Anh Pham, a Ph.D. student in the Bioinformatics and Systems Biology graduate program, was awarded the 2021-2022 Sigma Delta Epsilon Tau Chapter Fellowship.

BISB Bootcamp Summer PI Talk Series

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.

Susan Taylor - ASBMB Fellow

July 8, 2021

Prof. Susan Taylor in the BISB program has been selected by the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology for their inaugural class of fellows.