Nitin Baliga


401 Terry Ave N, Seattle, WA, 98109

SVP & Director, Institute for Systems Biology
PhD, Microbiology University of Massachusetts at Amherst
MSc, Marine Biotechnology Goa University, India
Areas of Expertise
Systems biology of organism-environment interactions
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Research Highlights

Interaction with the environment is central to how information within our DNA is decoded into observable phenotypes. Dr. Baliga and his laboratory are using a multidisciplinary systems approach to understand this process. Once delineated the engineering principles governing assembly of biological systems will help unlock potentials within diverse organisms. By responsibly using this information we will be able to power spectacular solutions for problems in environment and medicine.

Dr. Baliga holds an undergraduate degree in Microbiology from Ruia College, India and a M.Sc. In Marine Biotechnology from Goa University, India. Dr. Baliga conducted his doctoral studies in Microbiology at University of Massachusetts at Amherst and his postdoctoral studies in systems biology with Dr. Leroy Hood at ISB. During his predoctoral studies, he won two competitive awards from the Government of India: the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research Fellowship, and a fellowship from the Department of Biotechnology. Dr. Baliga has also made significant contributions to high school science education throughout Washington. His primary goal is to develop mind stimulating lessons that will prepare a new generation of scientists. Research in Dr. Baliga’s laboratory is supported by research grants from the NSF, NIH, NASA and DOE. Learn more about research and education efforts in the Baliga Laboratory by going here.

The Baliga group develops models of biological systems, from single cells to communities of multiple organisms, that accurately predict adaptation to environmental changes. A key aspect is the combination of information from multiple levels - genes, proteins, whole cells, natural forces - to gain a clear understanding of the specific inputs and processes that lead to specific system behaviors. In doing so, the Baliga group produces advanced tools to easily perform complex experiments and facilitate navigation of the large amounts of information generated from such experiments. Through their pioneering work, the Baliga Group has established numerous collaborations to apply this methodology to wide-ranging problems from climate change to cancer. Their long-term goal is to utilize the predictive mathematical models to rationally and responsibly solve problems related to bioenergy, bioremediation, agriculture and medicine.