Systems biology changes approach to science questions

Thinking like engineers has transformed a new wave of UCSF scientists into systems experts who use big computers and big technology to ask the biggest question of all: How does life work? A new field called systems biology looks at how all components of biological systems work together. This approach differs radically from the traditional approach to science, which often looked at the workings of individual components within a system. Leading the systems biology work at UCSF are faculty members from the UCSF School of Pharmacy, including Ken Dill, PhD; Christopher Voigt, PhD; Tanya Kortemme, PhD; Andrej Sali, PhD; and C. Anthony Hunt, PhD.

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