For more than a decade, he has also been an acknowledged pioneer in systems biology, an emerging field that exploits the tools of mathematics, engineering and computer science to examine how networks of molecules, cells, tissues and organs interact to ensure that biological systems function reliably.
In 2001, Lander founded UC Irvine's Center for Complex Biological Systems, the first of its kind in California. Since then, the facility has helped UC Irvine garner more than $36 million in federal and private aid for research, education and outreach by teams of biologists, mathematicians, physical scientists and engineers. It's currently among 15 National Centers for Systems Biology funded by the National Institute of General Medical Sciences, one of the National Institutes of Health.
"I am grateful to UC Irvine and the Bren Professors Endowment for giving me this exciting opportunity to continue and expand my efforts in research, teaching and community engagement," Lander said. "I have found UC Irvine to be a great environment for doing crosscutting, interdisciplinary research, because the academic culture here really rewards openness and collaboration. The ease with which one can form a team of colleagues from different disciplines has been critical to my ability to work on some of the most complex and difficult biological problems out there."
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