A systems biology approach to understanding and treating cancer
OCCSB involves top scientists from across many disciplines to develop better methods of detecting and treating cancers. A systems biology approach means a comprehensive look at all spatial scales, from the tiniest (molecular level) through the whole person, over time. Learn more about the OCSSB.
News and announcements
How Precision Oncology Is Making Strides in the Fight Against Cancer (by Micron, Great Big Story, November 2019)
Dr. Joe Gray research on metastatic breast cancer funded by Komen (OHSU, September 17)
Cryo-Em: Powerful microscopes at OHSU allow scientists to push the bounds of biology (Portland Business Journal, Sept. 27) and OHSU receives $6M NIH grant to enhance high-resolution imaging (Sept. 13) and OHSU News
Xiaolin Nan, Ph.D. among eight promising cancer researchers named Lamfrom Laureates (OHSU, September 10)
Dr. Laura Heiser appointed Vice Chair of the Biomedical Engineering Department (OHSU OCSSB, July 22)
BME graduate students in the Chang Lab Geoffrey Schau and Erik Burlingame competed in the InventOR Collegiate Challenge and won the $2,500 Impact Award for developing a new, less expensive way to detect cancer using artificial intelligence. Congratulations! (InventOR. July 1)
Jenny Eng, graduate student, Gibbs Lab, awarded the Exceptional Student Award for her presentation at the 34th Congress of the International Society for Advancement of Cytometry (June 26)
Dr. Joe Gray testified before the U.S. Senate Committee on Finance in Washington D.C., at the invitation of Senator Ron Wyden, to address the importance of international collaboration in scientific research Read Dr. Gray’s article (OHSU News, June 17)
View testimony video and details (US Senate Committee on Finance, June 5)
Centers within the OCSSB
Multiple OCSSB projects have been designated national Research Centers by the National Cancer Institute (NCI) or the National Institute of Health:
- The Measuring, Modeling, and Controlling Heterogeneity (M2CH) Center for Cancer System Biology, a U54 Reseach Center of the NCI Cancer Systems Biology Consortium.
- Omic and Multidimensional Spatial Atlas of Metastatic Breast Cancer, or OMS Atlas, an NCI Human Tumor Atlas Network (HTAN) Research Center.
- The Pacific Northwest Center for Cryo-EM (PNCC), a National CryoEM Center.
- The Microenvironment Perturbagen (MEP) NIH Library of Integrated Network-based cellular signature Center, known as LINCS.
- The Serial Measurements of Molecular and Architectural Responses to Therapy (SMMART) program is the flagship project of the Knight Cancer Institute’s Precision Oncology program.
Learn more about OCSSB research.
Faculty publications links
Laura Heiser, Ph.D.
Young Hwan Chang, Ph.D.
Kwang-Yung Chen (Koei Chin), M.D., Ph.D.
Summer Gibbs, Ph.D.
Sunjong Kwon, Ph.D.
Guillaume Thibault, Ph.D.
Thibault lab lists of publications
Multiscale Microscopy Core housed within OCSSB
The Multiscale Microscopy Core is a state-of-the-art electron microscopy research core established in 2013 by the OCSSB and FEI (now ThermoFisher Scientific). The MMC provides electron microscopy, related imaging services and technical support to both academic and industry professionals. Learn more about the MMC.