The 21st century is witnessing a merging and coalescing of disciplines. A new scientific language is being invented based on the increasingly multidisciplinary, multidimensional, and international nature of research. We need to overcome disciplinary and academic barriers to train a new generation of scientists to combine innovative tools in genomic biology, chemistry, math, computer sciences, and engineering to unravel the real world of biology. Indeed, it will take a concerted effort from educators, various scientific communities, granting agencies and universities to take full advantage of emerging scientific opportunities. We need to reshape the education of scientists and engineers, starting with undergraduate instruction, so that cross disciplinary and cross-institutional teams are emphasized.
Our goal is to build an institute where many disciplines come together and inform one another; one that is inclusive, world-class, and a magnet for scientists and students from around the world. We can only achieve this with your help and active participation.
Katayoon (Katie) Dehesh
Director, Institute for Integrative Genome Biology