Welcome to Dr. Xiling Shen’s Lab


How does signaling inside or among individual cells give rise to complex behaviors at the population level? Are there any evolutionary design principles and tradeoffs behind these mechanisms? How can subversion of these design principles disrupt homeostasis and cause cancer? These fundamental questions are vital to development and oncogenesis.


The Shen lab investigates these questions using a systems biology approach, which integrates methods from computational biology, experimental biology, and engineering devices. Crossing the boundary between life and physical sciences, this approach leverages the multidisciplinary expertise of the group members, who include biologists, engineers, and clinicians.



  1. CONGRATULATIONS!! Joyce wins the “NCI PSOC Young Investigator Trans-Network Award