Strong CSB Presence at the 18th International Conference on Systems Biology

Several members of the Department of Computational and Systems Biology participated in the 18th International Conference on Systems Biology.

Dr. Jianhua Xing delivered a plenary talk titled:  “Multi-objective Optimization in Biology and Biomedicine”

Members of the Lezon and Xing labs also gave four contributed talks and a number of posters.

The next conference will be hold at Lyon, France in year 2018. More info can be found here:

The conference Twitter page can be found here:


The Clark and Morehouse Lab research is featured in PNAS and the Atlantic

The group discovered surprising abilities in a seemingly common butterfly, the cabbage whites – their reproductive capabilities are extraordinarily complex and powerful.

Quick highlights about the butterflies from the text:

  • Males create spermatophores that are 13% of their body weight, which he builds inside of the female.
  • Females have reproductive tracts that are more efficiently stomach-like than their own stomachs (including a chewing jaw that helps them break down the nutrients in the spermatophores).
  • Their relationship is a rapidly evolving battle of the sexes.

The article is an interesting read about a seemingly plain jane butterfly. You can read more in the Atlantic: “This Common Butterfly Has an Extraordinary Sex Life” by Ed Yong. The research can be found in PNAS.

Camille Meslin, Tamara S. Cherwin, Melissa S. Plakkec, Brandon S. Small, Breanna J. Goetz, Nathan I. Morehouse, and Nathan L. Clark (2017) Structural complexity and molecular heterogeneity of a butterfly ejaculate reflect a complex history of selection PNAS doi: 10.1073/pnas.1707680114.

Announcing the Pittsburgh Revolution Fund

Advances in Quantitative Systems Pharmacology (QSP) in the Pittsburgh area are highlighted in a recent video, with the goal of bringing to the attention of the broader community the recent advances at Pitt, in collaboration with the UPMC, CMU and UPCI, and further promoting those activities through Pittsburgh Revolution Fund.

(click to view video)

The Fund, if  secured, will help aid collaborative and cross-disciplinary efforts in QSP approaches to enhance patient-driven therapies.

For more information:


For more information on these and other QSP programs currently in development at the University of Pittsburgh, please contact:
D. Lansing Taylor, PhD | 412-648-9200  |

To find out how to support The Revolution Fund and its efforts to enhance patient-driven therapies through QSP programs, please contact:
Jennifer Griffin | 412-623-2617 |