Systems Biology
Credit: Peter Allen

Systems biology researchers at UCSB are applying the principles of engineering to our understanding of the metabolic, genetic, and regulatory networks underpinning biology, with the goal being the development of quantitative, predictive descriptions of living organisms. At UCSB, researchers in this area employ both computational and experimental methods to characterize the dynamics of natural and artificial swarms, the flocking of cells, as well as the super molecular assembly of proteins. Multiscale simulation methods are also being developed to analyze biochemical and genetic networks and to experimentally implement new networks in living cells.

Affiliated Faculty

Professor
Ecology, Evolution, and Marine Biology
Dr. Briggs’ research combines modeling and experiments to understand the factors affecting the dynamics of animal populations.
Associate Professor
Mellichamp Chair in Systems Biology and Bioengineering
The Campas Lab studies the role of mechanics in shaping embryonic tissues and organs, as well as the relation between the genetic and mechanical control of embryonic development.
Professor, Wilcox Family Chair in BioMedicine
Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology
Human stem cell research; Molecular mechanisms of stem cell differentiation; Derivation of ocular cells from stem cells; Soft tissue regeneration.
Assistant Professor
Chemical Engineering
The goal of our lab is to develop novel single-cell sequencing technologies to understand how variability in the epigenome regulates gene expression heterogeneity and cell fate decisions.
Assistant Professor
Mechanical Engineering
We study molecular circuits controlling how stem and differentiating cells respond to physical cues.
Assistant Professor
Chemical Engineering
Our research focuses on engineering genetic reporters for imaging what we think of as the "dark matter" of biology - living systems that cannot be readily imaged using existing reporter gene techniques.
Associate Professor
Chemical Engineering
Genetic engineering and synthetic biology of non-model microorganisms.
Associate Professor
Mechanical Engineering
Development and Understanding of Electrokinetic Micro/Nanofluidic Technology for Bioanalytical Applications.
Mehrabian Distinguished Professor
Computer Science
Mechanical Engineering
Modeling, simulation and data analytics of multiscale systems in biology and medicine.
Associate Director, CBE
Professor, Chemistry & Biochemistry
In-vivo molecular measurements, anyone?
Associate Professor, Electrical & Computer Engineering
Co-Director, Brain Initiative
Advisory Board, Neuroscience Research Institute
We're generally interested in how the brain works, at the level of neurons and synapses.
Associate Professor
Mechanical Engineering
Prof. Valentine’s research focuses on the mechanics of cells and tissues and the design of bio-inspired materials.
Assistant Professor
Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology
We use photo-switchable proteins from plants to understand and control complex cellular behaviors.
Assistant Professor
Mechanical Engineering
How does life perform computation?