Harvard Medical School: Systems Biology
Harvard Medical School started the first ever Department of Systems Biology in 2003. For over a decade, the program has been developing and supporting an emerging approach to medical research by incorporating concepts from biology, computer science, physics, chemistry, and engineering. HMS believes that the foundation they are building in systems biology will lead to dramatic progress toward treating and curing the world's most devastating conditions, including: cancer, neurodegenerative disease, heart disease, stroke and psychiatric disease. The Foundation has provided support to the Systems Biology program since its inception. In 2003, the Foundation provided a start-up grant that supported the recruitment of key faculty, and in 2008 the Lynch Fellows Program was created to provide annual support to students in the Ph. D. program. Since then, the Lynch Foundation has provided support to two students each year through the Lynch Fellows Program. Now, over 120 of the program’s alumni lead their own laboratories in institutions across the world.