IamA We are Profs. Ravi Iyengar and Marc Birtwistle at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York. We do research in the area of systems biology and teach courses on systems biology and its application to biotechnology on Coursera (an...
"Hi, We are Professors Ravi Iyengar and Marc Birtwistle, from the Institute for Systems Biomedicine and Dept. of Pharmacology and Systems Therapeutics at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City. We are here to answer questions about our series of six freely available Coursera MOOCs on systems biology and biotechnology, which are now being released in a new "on-demand" format for flexible consumption. The first, Introduction to Systems Biology, has been available for about a month, and the second, Experimental Methods in Systems Biology, has just come on-line. These courses can be taken alone on-demand, or as a scheduled sequence "specialization" for a validated certificate, which we envision helping the careers of people from students to those in various pharmaceutical and biotechnology industry positions. These courses were made possible by a grant from the National Institutes for Health (NIH) for our Systems Biology Center New York. We're also very happy to answer any questions about the science behind this field of systems biology, including our efforts to make a lot of our data publicly available through our NIH LINCS Center DToxS, part of a consortium of six centers across the USA!
It's 2pm EST and we're getting back to our scientist lives. I'll check again later tonight and answer as many remaining questions as I can.