Berg Named Editor-in-Chief of Science

BergCongratulations to Dr. Jeremy M. Berg for his appointment as Editor-in-Chief of Science!

Berg, Associate Senior Vice Chancellor for Science Strategy and Planning in the Health Sciences, who also holds positions as Pittsburgh Foundation Professor and Director of the Institute for Personalized Medicine, Professor of Computational and Systems Biology, and Professor of Chemistry at the University of Pittsburgh, will start his appointment on July 1, 2016. He will be the 20th Editor-in-Chief since the journal’s start in 1880 and will serve a 5-year term.

“I am thrilled and humbled by the opportunity to work with the team at Science and AAAS,” said Berg.

Berg will continue to hold his roles at the University. Dr. Arthur S. Levine said, “Dr. Berg is one of the nation’s leading scientists, with many landmark achievements in biomedical research, a broad and deep sense of all of the sciences, and a profound interest in science policy and the dynamics of the scientific community. I am proud indeed that Dr. Berg has been given this rare recognition, and especially proud that he is, and will remain, a member of our faculty.”

AAAS announcement
Pitt annoucement

Xing Lab paper on human smell receives publicity

The Xing Lab’s paper, “Achieving diverse and monoallelic olfactory receptor selection through dual-objective optimization design“, published in PNAS this past Monday, has received publicity from several national and international outlets.

The paper explains the decade-long question related to the maturation of olfactory sensory neurons.

“We are amazed that nature has solved the seemingly daunting engineering process of olfactory receptor expression in such a simple way,” lead researcher Dr. Jianhua Xing said.

Using existing experimental research, Dr. Xing and his collaborators created a computational model to see how olfactory receptor expression can be both uniform across a single neuron, yet very diverse across the entire population of neurons. The computational model suggests that nature solves a daunting engineering problem of olfactory receptor selection through simple physics of cooperativity. The research showed a “three-layer regulation mechanism” of olfactory receptor gene expression that utilized the principle of cooperativity, where elements of a system act non-independently.


Read more about the research in… – Pitt press release
The Daily Mail

Xiao-Jun Tian, Hang Zhang, Jens Sannerud, Jianhua Xing (2016) Achieving diverse and monoallelic olfactory receptor selection through dual-objective optimization design Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America

Congratulations to Drs. Joseph C. Ayoob and Bing Liu on Their Promotions

AyoobDr. Joseph C. Ayoob has been promoted to Associate Professor. Joe has been with the department since July 2009 and has done invaluable work with our educational programs and scientific outreach.




Dr. Bing Liu has been promoted to Research Assistant Professor.  Bing has been with the Bahar lab since 2013. He works to develop computational modeling, simulation and analysis techniques to study the dynamics of biological systems.


Please join us in congratulating them both!

Chennubhotla Lab Receives U01 Grant

025Congratulations to the Chennubhotla Lab for receiving a NCI/NIH U01 grant!

The grant is titled: “Informatics Tools for Tumor Heterogeneity in Multiplexed Fluorescence Images”.

Chakra Chennubhotla (contact-PI)
Lans Taylor
Brion Sarachan (GE Global Research)