High-school student Kevin Lee wins 2nd Place at the 2014 Intel STS Finalist

Kevin LeeCongratulations to University High School student Kevin Lee from Ivine on winning 2nd Place at the national 2014 Intel Science Talent Search (STS) competition for his project entitled "Electromechanical modeling of the heart in moving domains using the phase-field method." Kevin was mentored by UCI professor John Lowengrub (CCBS/Math/BME/ChEMS). He will receive a $75,000 scholarship.

Kevin's project focuses on the development of a new theory of the heartbeat through a system of partial differential equations. Cardiac arrhythmias are the leading cause of death in the industrialized world but are not well-understood due to difficulties in linking the physical beating motion of the heart with the propagation of electric signals, and vice versa.

This work successfully couples the mechanical and electrical dynamics and develops an algorithm that enables much more efficient simulations of the heartbeat than those in use today. The added insights from the model promise to improve our understanding of fatal heart conditions and ultimately aid in their treatment and prevention.

Article of the Month: Noise Attenuation

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This month's featured research paper is the cover article published by Meng Chen, Liming Wang, Chang C. Liu and Qing Nie from UCI in the October issue of ACS Synthetic Biology entitled: "Noise Attenuation in the ON and OFF States of Biological Switches." The paper describes a new theory for attenutating noise in biological systems. In the accompany- ing podcast Professor Nie discusses the paper's findings and impact.



News - September 30, 2013

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CCBS associated faculty member, Ali Mortazavi from the Department of Developmental and Cell Biology has been named a recipient of the prestigious 2013 National Institutes of Health Director's New Innovator Awards. The highly selective award program supports projects by early-career researchers that show potential to transform scientific fields and accelerate the translation of research into new ways to improve human health. His project will explore how DNA codes the precise activities of genes involved with development. His lab will create methods to measure how this gene expression is affected by changes in the organization of DNA in embryonic stem cells as they differentiate into neurons and cardiac muscle cells. Mortazavi believes his research will identify fundamental principles of gene regulation as well as the specific DNA elements critical to stem cell differentiation.

Newport Bay Conservance Workshop

"Water Contaminants and Pollution in the Newport Bay Watershed"

May 22nd, 2013, 6 pm - 9:30 pm

newportbayconservancyBack Bay Science Center,
Upper Newport Bay Ecological Reservce,
Newport Beach, CA
Admission: $10. Space is limited. Advance registration is advised. Sign up on the Newport Bay Conservancy website:
Workshop program
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