Molecular systems biology represents an interdisciplinary field. To operate in this field a practitioner needs to know the basic life science disciplines (biochemistry, genetics, cell biology, physiology, etc), the genomic and high- throughput sciences, bioinformatics (statistics, algorithms and large-scale data analysis), and engineering sciences (numerics, modeling and simulation). 


The convergence of light-emitting diode technology, photobioreactor design, algal biotechnology and low energy processing costs make biological fixation of geothermal CO2 into fine chemicals feasible.

The Center for Systems Biology is working on projects, supported by Techincal Innovation Fund/Rannis that are aimed at:

  • determining the key performance characteristics of a core unit of a photobioreactor-based factory,
  • designing and initiating scale-up of these units into versatile modules,
  • determining the spectrum of algal strains that can be cultivated with this system


Metabolism is a foundational process in all living cells. 

Metabolism is directly or indirectly involved in essentially all cellular functions and is implicated in all major human disease states.

With the state of the annotation of the human genome, it has been possible to perform an initial reconstruction of the genome-scale metabolic network in Homo sapiens.

This genome-scale reconstruction opens unprecedented opportunities for basic research in human physiology and disease.