Systems Biology at DTU

Systems biology is an approach to biology, which focuses on complex interaction in biological systems and which has the potential to solve many of the mysteries and meet many of the challenges still related to any form of life.

Key technologies within systems biology, such as metagenomics, have enabled us to broaden our understanding of for example. bacteria from what happens in a single bacterium to how whole bacterial cultures develop. 

And this is an example of the kind of systemic approach which characterizes systems biology and which is needed if we are to understand e.g. how the nervous system or our immune defense work. However, it is not just systems already defined as systems which we need to focus on. One of the major challenges facing systems biology is to find new and complex connections and systemic linkages across all living organisms.

Developments in recent decades in protein research, metabolic research and especially within genetic research (including the human genome project), have provided new ways of identifying and understanding complex biological systems. In addition, these breakthroughs have called for methodological innovation and strategies to handle the huge volumes of data generated by the above fields of biotechnology.  

The latter is a complicated task that requires systems biology at DTU to be multi-disciplinary, experimental and extensively based on theoretical mathematical modelling and the ongoing development of new methodologies. 

Among other things, DTU Systems Biology focuses on cellular networks, bacterial systems and multi-factorial diseases, and we combine biology with disciplines such as chemistry, maths and computerscience in our research and teaching. 


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29 MARCH 2017