Special Issue "Systems Biology Approaches for Understanding Human Health and Disease"

A special issue of Biomolecules (ISSN 2218-273X). This special issue belongs to the section "Molecular Medicine".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (28 February 2022) | Viewed by 717

Special Issue Editors

Department of Biology and Biological Engineering, Chalmers University of Technology, 41296 Gothenburg, Sweden
Interests: systems biology; multi-omics integration; host-microbe interaction; microbiota; metabolism; cancer; precision nutrition; metabolic modeling; genome evolution
School of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Zhengzhou University, Zhengzhou, China
Interests: plant natural products; yeast; metabolic engineering; synthetic biology; environmental microbiota
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Systems biology approaches aim to understand human health and diseases by analyzing and integrating information from different levels with a systems and dynamic fashion. The advent of omics technology and computational tools has enabled us to explore biological systems from multiple sources (e.g., genomics, transcriptomics, metabolomics, proteomics) in a cost-efficient manner. Multi-omics studies through integrating data have provided efficient ways to unveil the potential mechanisms linked to human health and disease, including metabolic disease (e.g., diabetes, cardiovascular disease), aging, and host–microbiota interactions. With the continuously increasing accumulation of big data in omics, data-driven approaches which an applied machine learning methodology for integrating omics data have provided mechanistic insights into human diseases. Moreover, knowledge-based approaches have capitalized on the extensive prior knowledge about biological systems.

Recent studies have shown that the microbiota perform important roles in human health and disease. Systems biology approaches have been extensively applied to understand host–microbiome interactions in numerous disease (e.g., diabetes, cardiovascular disease, neurodegenerative diseases). Therefore, cutting-edge studies in therapeutics development and preventive strategies to maintain healthy gut microbiota are of great interest.

In this Special Issue, we welcome studies (both reviews and articles) on but not limited to the following potential topics:

  • Machine learning workflows and their applications in omics integration;
  • Machine-learning-based diagnostic/prognostic models for human disease;
  • Machine-learning-based prediction of treatment outcomes;
  • Multi-omics studies of human disease or microbiome;
  • Network-based analysis of omics data;
  • Mathematical modeling of human disease;
  • Mathematical modeling of human microbiome;
  • Integrative analysis involving in drug development;
  • Host–microbiota interaction.

Dr. Yangbo Ji
Dr. Yongjun Wei
Guest Editors

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  • biological networks
  • cancer
  • cancer therapy
  • cardiovascular disease
  • metabolic diseases
  • diabetes
  • diagnostic/prognostic models
  • healthy aging
  • machine learning
  • mathematical modeling
  • microbiome
  • multi-omics integration
  • probiotics and nutrition
  • prediction
  • systems biology
  • treatment outcome

Published Papers

There is no accepted submissions to this special issue at this moment.
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