Since the discovery of the basic DNA structure in 1953, scientists have been exploring the human genome with greater speed and accuracy. UO researchers helped spur this scientific revolution by pioneering research into the molecular basis of inheritance.
These historic milestones led to a global effort to unlock the genetic secrets of life. However, the impact of these discoveries has been limited because they only look at one piece at a time.
Think of the human genome as a car. So far, we’ve identified thousands of parts. But we don’t know how they work together, what causes breakdowns, or how to fix them. Currently, the UO is a world leader in systems biology, the effort to discover how all these parts work together.
Systems biology unites the analysis of many genes, microbes, or neurons to understand how complex organisms are built—for example, how cells form a brain. This cluster hire will leverage some of our greatest strengths and accelerate our efforts to answer fundamental questions about the nature of living systems. Ultimately, these will lead to novel solutions for medical problems and improve human health.
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