Systems Biology Center of New York

Education and Outreach

With an emphasis on pathophysiological processes and drug action in the field of systems pharmacology, The Systems Biology Center of New York provides hands-on experience to hundreds of undergraduate and graduate students each year.

Our doctors and researchers work in conjunction with students to develop real world experience through our Summer Undergraduate Research Program, research opportunities for Graduate students and Postdoctoral Fellows, Systems Biology of Disease and Therapeutics Predoctoral Training Program and Systems Biology Graduate courses. Our intention is not merely to make discoveries in medicine, but to imbue our students to gain knowledge and experience that will help them become the next generation of expert medical professionals.

Undergraduate Education

Undergraduates are granted access to SBCNY through our Undergraduate Research Program under the auspices of City University of New York. The focus of our research program is to provide fellowships who seek to pursue a PhD or MD/PhD in the field of systems biology.

Graduate, Predoctoral, and Postdoctoral Education

The Systems Biology Center of New York sponsors numerous programs offering research training in systems biology to graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. 

Graduate Education in Systems Biology
The Center developed two new graduate courses focused on integration across biomedical disciplines: Systems Biology: Biomedical Modeling and Systems Biomedicine: Molecules, Cells and Networks. Both courses are offered every year at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai (ISMMS) as core courses within the Biophysics & Systems Pharmacology training program.

Learn more about the course materials for all SBCNY courses at ISMMS:

  • Systems Biomedicine: Molecules, Cells and Networks
  • Systems Biology: Biomedical Modeling
  • Applied Mathematics for Biologists
  • Pharmacogenomics
  • Cell Signaling Networks and Systems Pharmacology
  • Computer Programming in Systems Biology and Bioinformatics
  • Data Mining and Network Analysis

Systems Biology of Disease and Therapeutics Training Program
The Systems Biology of Disease and Therapeutics Training Program is a predoctoral program which trains students to integrate approaches in systems biology, genomics and pharmacology in order to elucidate the pathophysiology of complex human diseases and develop novel therapeutic strategies.

Systems Biology Courses on Coursera
Systems Biology Center New York investigators are offering five systems biology courses on Coursera that focus on training students to use computation to convert the information in large and small data-sets in biomedical sciences to understand disease progression, adverse events in individual patients, and to predict efficacy of drug therapy. Materials covered in the courses also enable students to gain a better understanding of genomics which can eventually be used to hone their research skills in order to assist in improvements in drug discovery and drug action. 

Public Outreach

Public outreach activities of the Center include the annual SBCNY symposium held at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, as well as a seminar series featuring leaders in systems biology and workshops on the use of software tools and resources developed within the Center. 


The development of these courses has been supported in part by a Systems Biology Center Grant from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences, part of the National Institutes of Health.