Complexity, Cooperation and Community in Cancer
The overall goal for the UCI Center for Cancer Systems Biology (CaSB@UCI), also known as the Center for Complexity, Cooperation and Community in Cancer, is to understand the principles that underlie why cancers are organized as they are. Our approaches stem from the idea that cancer cells proliferate and evolve in complex environments that have been highly selected for the robust control of growth and differentiation, and thus the behaviors of cancer cells can only be fully understood in the context of the design principles underlying such control. CaSB@UCI is a joint effort by the systems biology and cancer biology communities at the University of California Irvine (UCI), as represented by two campus-wide research organizations, the Center for Complex Biological Systems and the Cancer Research Institute of the UCI Chao Family Comprehensive Cancer Center.
Funding for the center comes from the National Cancer Institute, through the Cancer Systems Biology Centers program.