• Coral reefs are remarkable ecosystems, with species richness and biodiversity that rivals tropical rain forests. Reefs also are important economic resources, protecting coastlines, providing the backbone for islands, nurseries of commercial fisheries, and sustainable ecotourism. However, like rain forests, coral reefs worldwide are under increasing stress from multiple threats. In the Georgia Tech Starter project Dr. David Garton studies new hazards to coral reef health.
  • The Engineered Biosystems Building at Georgia Tech will provide 200,000 square feet of multidisciplinary research space to accommodate expansion of the Institute's biomedical research enterprise. The facility will provide infrastructure for research focused on understanding disease and improving human health through an interdisciplinary approach to complex living systems.
  • Jeffrey Skolnick, Professor and Director of the Center for the Study of Systems Biology

Recent News

Jeanette Yen, professor in the School of Biology, and a team of scientists spend the summer in Antarctica studying how plankton may be a canary in the coal mine of climate change.

Posted on Jul 10 2014 - 11:03am.

A new Georgia Institute of Technology study investigated how quickly 32 animals urinate. It turns out that it’s all about the same. Even though an elephant’s bladder is 3,600 times larger than a cat’s (18 liters vs. 5 milliliters), both animals relieve themselves in about 20 seconds. In fact, all animals that weigh more than 3 kilograms (6.6 pounds) urinate in that same time span.

Posted on Jun 30 2014 - 2:04pm.

To test whether the presence of RNA in DNA duplexes could alter the elasticity and structure of DNA, a group of researchers at Georgia Tech and Georgia State University, inspired by Francesca Storici, and including the labs of Elisa Riedo, Angelo Bongiorno and Markus Germann conducted a multidisciplinary study at the interface of physics, chemistry and molecular biology. The group employed atomic force microscopy (AFM)-based single molecule force-measurements of short rNMP(s)-containing oligonucleotides in combination with molecular dynamics (MD) simulations and nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR).

Posted on Jun 12 2014 - 9:08am.

New research reveals how the algae behind red tide thoroughly disables – but doesn’t kill – other species of algae. The study shows how chemical signaling between algae can trigger big changes in the marine ecosystem.

Posted on Jun 4 2014 - 11:15am.


  • CSSB
    Center for the Study of Systems Biology
    Recognized by most experts in the field as the future of biology, Systems Biology seeks to understand how complex living systems interact with each other so that we can diagnose and treat disorders such as cancer.
  • Faculty
    Aquatic Chemical Ecology Center
    At Georgia Tech we have organized a diverse group of ecologists, chemists, sensory biologists, engineers, and quantitative modelers, to focus on chemical cues that many organisms use for to make basic survival decisions.
  • Faculty
    Center for Biologically Inspired Design
    CBID is an interdisciplinary center for research and development of design solutions that occur in biological processes.
  • Faculty
    Center for Integrative Genomics
    The Center for Integrative Genomics at Georgia Tech is a virtual affiliation of researchers interested in the application of genome-wide research strategies to diverse biological themes.
  • Graduate
    Integrated Cancer Research Center
    The mission of the ICRC is to facilitate integration of the diversity of technological, computational, scientific and medical expertise at Georgia Tech and partner institutions in a coordinated effort to develop improved cancer diagnostics and therapeutics.
  • Faculty
    Center for NanoMAD
    Our mission is to develop new technologies for detecting, monitoring and controlling self-assembled macromolecular complexes at various levels, including their pathogenic consequences, biological roles and evolutionary origins.