Sagi Shapira joined INEM in January 2022 as Team Leader Systems Biology Laboratory
Sagi earned a Master of Public Health degree in Infectious Disease Epidemiology at Yale. D. at UPenn in Immunology and Parasitology in the lab of Chris Hunter, followed by a postdoc at Harvard/Broad Institute in the lab of Nir Hacohen where he developed a research program aimed at capturing the full range of host and viral factors that modulate influenza infection. Since joining Columbia as an assistant professor, Sagi's lab has focused on identifying biological principles at the interface of virology and innate immunity. His lab is truly multidisciplinary, merging tools and concepts from several disciplines to do what he calls "hypothesis-driven systems biology" - implementing both experimental and computational methods - an approach that has allowed him to make non-incremental advances in the study of pathogen-host relationships.
Sagi joined Columbia University as an assistant professor in the Department of Systems Biology in 2011. Since then, the Shapira lab has focused on uncovering the molecular grammar that governs pathogen-host interactions and illuminating the fundamental principles of biology - always in the broader context of public health.
Sagi Shapira says "We use experimental, analytical and computational tools and methods to quantitatively and qualitatively identify the functional determinants of human infectious diseases. I will highlight some of the biological questions that have motivated our work, summarise the contributions we have made to the study of virus-host biology, and explain how this knowledge can guide discovery and help decipher the genetic and molecular circuits at the interface of pathogen-host interactions and human physiology. "