Systems-based approaches have changed how we attack drug discovery.  By trying to replicate an entire system instead of just a component of a system we are able to more accurately replicate biological processes and have a greater chance of success in ultimately finding a cure.– Sam Bettis, University of Chicago

To learn more about Sam and how you can bring his Systems Biology research into your classroom, check out his bio and video.


Sam Bettis is the Technical Director of the University of Chicago’s Institute for Genomics and Systems Biology Cellular Screening Center (CSC).  He manages day-to-day operations of the CSC.  Sam assist’s Chicago investigators in adapting cell-based assays for high throughput screening and to perform that screening at cost. 


To learn more about Sam and the Cellular Screening Center visit the CSC website

Additional Labs

Field Museum’s DNA Discovery Center

Field Museum’s Pritzker Lab

Additional Scientists

Systems approaches change a scientist's point of view to consider the whole picture.  It is like looking at a pointillist painting like Seurat's 'A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jette' at the Art Institute.  Up close all you see are dots of paint, but step back and they merge into a unified scene.  A similar transition occurs when considering genes and genomes!     -Justin Cassidy, Northwestern University

Justin Cassidyis a graduate student at Northwestern University. His work in the Carthew Labwhere he uses Drosophila as a model organism to study how microRNA mediated gene silencing confers robustness to gene regulatory networks.

Eric Bertolino, Ph.D. is a Research Associate (Assistant Professor) at the University of Chicago in the Department of Cell and Molecular Biology. He studies regulatory networks that dictate cell fate choices in the immune system in Dr. Harinder Singh’s lab