UW Bioengineering Associate Professor Herbert Sauro will lead the new Center for Reproducible Biomedical Modeling. The center, funded by a $6.5 million, five-year grant to the UW and partner institutions, aims to develop more predictive models of biological systems for research and medicine. “We believe that research at he center will enable credible models that can be used in the clinic to improve patient care,” said Dr. Sauro for a UW News & Information release.

Other faculty involved with the center are John Gennari, UW associate professor of biomedical informatics and medical education; Jonathan Karr, an assistant professor of genetics and genomic sciences at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai; Ion Moraru, professor of cell biology at the University of Connecticut; and David Nickerson, a senior research fellow in bioengineering at the University of Auckland.

The objective of Center for Reproducible Biomedical Modeling is to understand, simulate and model biological systems, from cells and organs to whole bodies, to advance medicine and bioengineering. The center aims to enable more thorough and accurate models by developing technologies that streamline the process for creating biological system models, and make these tools more understandable, resuable, scalable and reproducible. The center will also organize workshops for scientists to assist with annotating and verifying models submitted to partner journals.