News 2010


December 6, 2010 

James S. McDonnell Foundation - New Funding Opportunity Guidelines for 2011 

The James S. McDonnell Foundation announces updated program descriptions and application guidelines for its 21st Century Science Initiative Research Awards. The 21st Century Research Awards support investigator-initiated research in two (2) topical areas: Studying Complex Systems and Brain Cancer Research. Click here for Program information, application guidelines, and proposal preparation instructions. No geographic restrictions; international applications are encouraged.
Information on the Foundation's 21st Century Collaborative Activity Awards is also available on the website at:

Research Award Application Deadline: 15:59 CDT on Tuesday,March 15, 2011.

December 1, 2010

Gregorio Weber International Prize in Biological Fluorescence

An outstanding award opportunity is availbale for those who have prepared a doctoral dissertation in any area of Biological Fluorescence during the period December 2007 to December 2010. Please read the flyer for more information. 

November 29, 2010

Translational Systems Biology Interest Group 

We are excited to announce the first meeting of the Translational Systems Biology Interest Group, which will be held on Tuesday, November 30 at noon in the CCBS Conference Room, Room 2622, Biological Sciences III. A light lunch will be provided. Dr. Dan Cooper, Director of the Institute for Clinical and Translational Science, will be the first presenter at this inaugural event. It is important that you RSVP to, to insure that we have enough space available, as well as, food! Contact Karen Martin (824-3377) if you have any questions.

October 29, 2010

CCBS Connections - Fall, 2010 - Issue 2

is now available click here to download a copy.

October 21, 2010

CCBS-affiliated faculty member, Rommie Amaro, Wins $2.3 Million NIH Innovation Award 

Dr. Rommie Amaro, Pharmaceutical Sciences and Computer Science Assistant Professor, has received a 2010 National Institutes of Health Director’s New Innovator Award. The five-year, $2.3 million grant entitled "A STRUCTURAL SYSTEMS BIOLOGY APPROACH TO DRUG DISCOVERY" will further her research on infectious diseases carried by parasites called trypanosomes. She hopes to discover new treatments for devastating illnesses like Chagas disease and sleeping sickness that infect the world’s poorest and most vulnerable. 

October 10, 2010

CCBS Affiliated Graduate Students in the News

At the recent SACNAS (Society for Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science) National Conference held in Anaheim, California, September 30 through October 3, 2010, CCBS affiliated graduate student Rosaysela Santos from the Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology and Anne Calof's lab, received an oral presentation award.

Elizabeth Anne Gordon from the Department of Developmental and Cell Biology and Lee Bardwell's lab, student organizer of the Systems Biology Journal Club, recently received an ARCS Scholar Award, intended to recognize and reward UC Irvine's most academically superior doctoral students exhibiting outstanding promise as scientists, researchers and public leaders.

Kristine Glauber from the Department of Biological Chemistry, and Rob Steele's lab, has been accepted as a student in the "Evolution of Complex Systems" course at the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology in December. The course is organized by Sydney Brenner, Michael Levine, and Nori Satoh. Kristine will be presenting a seminar on her thesis research during the course.

September 16, 2010

Math Whiz Kid Does Cancer Research 

Please read and hear about Jonathan Li, an Orange County high school student and COSMOS participant, who is conducting tumor modeling research under the tutelage of CCBS faculty member, John Lowengrub.

September 2, 2010

Acting MCSB Director for the Fall Quarter, 2010

Dr. Qing Nie, current Associate Director of the MCSB Program, will serve as Acting MCSB Program Director, beginning September 7, 2010, as Dr. Frederic Wan will be on sabbatical leave during this upcoming fall quarter. Please direct all relevant communications regarding the MCB Program to Professor Nie starting September 7, 2010. Please do not hesitate to contact the staff in the CCBS Offices, Karen, Cely, Ann or Toby, if we can be of any assistance to you at any time. 

July 19, 2010

First Issue of CCBS Connections is here!

Click here to download a copy.

July 26, 2010

CCBS Opportunity Award Winners Announced

Dr. Arthur Lander, with assistance from a review committee, are delighted to announce the winners of this year's CCBS Retreat Research Opportunity Awards.
All 33 applications were meritorious, and our gratitude is expressed to all those who submitted proposals. 
We'll see you next year at the Annual Retreat!

Click here for the names of the students, sponsoring faculty and project titles.

April 26, 2010

New NIH/NSF Grant Initiative in System Biology

NIGMS has joined two other NIH institutes and the National Science Foundation in issuing new funding opportunity announcements at the interface of the life and physical sciences. These new interagency initiatives offer an excellent opportunity for biomedical scientists to partner with colleagues in physics, engineering and computation to conduct innovative research with important health implications. 

The first new announcement, Transforming Biomedicine at the Interface of the Life and Physical Sciences, targets translational research. It encourages quantitative scientists to team up with biomedical scientists (and potentially a commercial partner) to propose innovative ways to translate technological advances and basic knowledge into important new or improved clinical applications.

The second announcement, New Biomedical Frontiers at the Interface of the Life and Physical Sciences, targets discovery research. By bridging these scientific disciplines, this program aims to support cutting-edge science that has the potential to open up entirely new avenues for biomedical studies. We strongly encourage applications with multiple PIs who represent the physical, computational or engineering and life or behavioral sciences.
Deadlines to apply for both opportunities are May 18, 2010, 2011 and 2012. 

April 15, 2010 

MBI Workshop for Young Researchers in Mathematical Biology

The Mathematical Biosciences Institute (MBI) at The Ohio State University will host its annual Workshop for Young Researchers in Mathematical Biology from August 30-September 1, 2010.
The purpose of this event is to encourage interaction among mathematical biologists, foster ties for future collaborations, and to platform exciting research in mathematical biology.
The MBI plans to cover local expenses for all invitees, but travel expenses may only be available on a competitive basis. The application deadline is May 1, 2010. The workshop flier with a list of plenary speakers and more details can be found at:

March 30, 2010

MCSB Director Frederic Y.M. Wan Elected as a SIAM Fellow

Dr. Frederic Y.M. Wan, Director of Mathematical, Computational and Systems Biology Graduate Programs and a faculty member from Department of Mathematics is named as a fellow of Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM). The SIAM Fellows Program was created in 2009 to recognize those who have made outstanding contributions to the field. Click here for more information about Fellows of SIAM. 
Dr. Wan will be honored in July at SIAM's annual meeting in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

March 14, 2010

Dr. Robert Steele and Hydra Genome Project

An international team of researchers led by UC Irvine have found the genome of the Hydra, which is less than a half-inch tall, has roughly as many genes as humans (about 24,000) and that some of its genes are linked to two of the most dreaded illnesses in humans — Huntington’s disease and Alzheimer’s disease.

The genome is being published in Nature, one of the world’s most influential scientific journals.

“This could potentially open up Hydra as a model system for Irvine researchers,” said Rob Steele, chairman of biological chemistry at Irvine, faculty member of CCBS, and one of the leaders of UCI’s first major sequencing effort.
For complete news details, click here.

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