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Functional and Systems Biology

The Functional and Systems Biology Area focuses on elucidating and harnessing the biochemical pathways that connect gene functions to complex phenotypic responses through a deep understanding of interactions within cells, among cells in communities, and between cellular membrane surfaces and their environment for microbes (archaea, bacteria, algae), fungi, and plants. This understanding will encompass experimental observations, metabolic reconstruction and modeling, leading to improved strategies for designing plants, fungi, and microbes for biofuels and bio-based products, as well as unraveling the complexities of carbon, nutrient, and elemental cycles within cells and their immediate environment.

10-Year Objective