MCB Gateway Program Applications
Applications for admittance to the MCB GATEWAY Program for the academic year 2011/12 are NOW being accepted. To receive full consideration, material should be received by January 15, 2011. The recruitment event is scheduled for Thursday and Friday, February 17-18, 2011 for students to be admitted for the 2011/12 academic year.
Call for nominations, Systems Biology of Development Training Grant
April 29, 2011
This is a call for nominations for several pre-doctoral positions to be supported from the NIH training grant in Systems Biology of Development, T32-HD060555, beginning July 1, 2011. We expect to be able to make 4-5 new appointments this year, in addition to the renewal of some of the present trainees. Nominees must be Ph.D. students who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents. They must have completed at least one year of academic year of training by July 1, 2011, and must be committed to thesis research in the area of Systems Biology of Development. Appointments will be for one year with the possibility of renewal for a second year. Trainees must be willing to accept certain curricular obligations, as described in the training grant document, which may be found at http://lander-office.bio.uci.edu/T32/NICHD.pdf This document also contains information about how the area of Systems Biology of Development is defined, from the perspective of this grant.
Nominations for each candidate should include:
* A current CV
* A letter of nomination from the candidate's thesis advisor. The statement of nomination should explain what the student is working on, and its relationship to Systems Biology and Development. The statement should also acknowledge that the advisor and student are aware that acceptance of a training grant position comes with certain curricular obligations, as described in the training grant narrative document.
* If the student's advisor is not currently listed as a trainer on this training grant**, the nomination should also include a copy of the advisor's CV and a brief statement of why the advisor is an appropriate mentor for training in Systems Biology of Development.
**the present list of trainers is:
- Bogi Andersen, M.D.
- Kavita Arora, Ph.D.
- Tallie Z. Baram, M.D., Ph.D.
- Lee Bardwell, Ph.D.
- Bruce Blumberg, Ph.D.
- Anne Calof, Ph.D.
- Ken Cho, Ph.D.
- Olivier Cinquin
- Dan Cooper, M.D.
- Karina Cramer, Ph.D.
- Xing Dai, Ph.D.
- Peter Donovan, Ph.D.
- Charless Fowlkes, Ph.D.
- Steve Gross, Ph.D.
- Taosheng Huang, M.D.,Ph.D.
- Elliot Hui, Ph.D.
- Arthur Lander, M.D., Ph.D.
- John Lowengrub, Ph.D.
- Larry Marsh, Ph.D.
- Eric Mjolsness, Ph.D.
- Ed Monuki, M.D., Ph.D.
- Qing Nie, Ph.D.
- Tom Schilling, Ph.D.
- Frederic Y.M. Wan, Ph.D.
- Rahul Warrior, Ph.D.
- Xiaohui Xie, Ph.D.
- Kyoko Yokomori, Ph.D.
- Clare Yu, Ph.D.
Deadline for the receipt of nominations is Friday, May 13th at 5:00pm. Selections will be made shortly thereafter.
Please forward all nominations to Karen Martin, 2626 Biological Sciences III, Zot 2280, or email@example.com. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or concerns.
CCBS Affiliated Faculty Member, Zoran Nenadic, Receives CAREER Award for Neuron Research
April 28, 2011
Dr. Zoran Nenadic, assistant professor of biomedical engineering and electrical engineering and computer science, has received a Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award from the National Science Foundation for his proposal, "CAREER: Estimation of Neuron's Position, Size and Dendritic Tree Morphology via Multi-sensor Extracellular Recording Technology." The Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program offers the National Science Foundation's most prestigious awards in support of junior faculty who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars through outstanding research, excellent education and the integration of education and research within the context of the mission of their organizations. Congratulations!
Click here for more information on the award and Dr. Nenadic's research.
CCBS Connections Newsletter Issue 3 is here!
March 26, 2011
Click here to download a copy.
Math Whiz Kid Named Intel STS Finalist
February 7, 2011
Jonathan Li, an Orange County high school student conducting research under the supervision of CCBS affiated faculty John Lowengrub, has been named an Intel Science Talent Search 2011 finalist, one of only 40 across the country. His work is titled "Effects of Cell Compressibility, Motility and Contact Inhibition on the Growth of Tumor Cell Clusters." The Intel Science Talent Search is the nation's most prestigious science research competition for high school seniors. The Intel STS encourages talented U.S. high school seniors to pursue independent research in science, math, engineering, and medicine. The finals will take place in March in Washington D.C. Jonathan attends St. Margaret's Episcopal School in San Juan Capistrano and was recently featured in the OC Register and on CBS news.
Opportunity for Graduate Students and Postdoctoral Scholars
Cold Springs Harbor Laboratory Course on Computational Cell Biology, March 29-April 1, 2011.
Fluorescence & Optical Imaging Technologies for Scientific Research Summer Outreach Program
at Rio Hondo Community College and UC Irvine, August 1-12, 2011
June 6, 2011
The Undergraduate Student Initiative for Biomedical Research (USIBR) program at the University of California, Irvine is intended to expose underrepresented community college
students to how cutting-edge technology can be used to answer basic biological questions in living organisms, such as cells, bacteria or plants. Participants will have lectures on the basics of microscopy, optics, imaging methods, and computational data analysis. Co-sponsored by the Laboratory for Fluorescence Dynamics and the Center for Complex Biological Systems, UC Irvine For more information and to register for the 2-week course, please follow the following link: http://digmanlab.webstarts.com/services.html
Graduate Division Fellowship Award
June 1, 2011
Congratulations to CCBS-associated Graduate Students - Rosie Santos from Dr. Anne Calof's lab for being awarded a President's Dissertation Year Fellowship; and Kenny Daily of Dr. Pierre Baldi's lab for being awarded a Graduate Dean's Dissertation Fellowship for the summer.
Systems Biology of Development Trainees Selected
Seven students have been selected for appointment to the NIH supported training program in Systems Biology of Development (T32-HD60555) for a period of one year with the possibility of competitive renewal for a second year. The review committee received twice as many nominations as positions available. All of the nominations were judged appropriate and meritorious, making the task of selecting appointees especially difficult. Those students who were not selected for training grant support this year should know that they are welcome to participate in training program activities (e.g. new courses), and that they are strongly encouraged to apply again next spring, when additional slots will open up.
Those selected for support this year were:
- Evan Lister, Developmental and Cell Biology
- James Lewis, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
- Yufei Ni, Biomedical Engineering
- Jeremy Ovadia, Mathematics
- Victor Quintanar-Zilinskas, Biomedical Engineering
- Phillip Thomas, Biomedical Engineering
- William Gordon, Biological Chemistry
Opportunity Award Results
Dr. Lander would like to announce the winners of this year's Opportunity Award resulting from new collaborations begun at this year's CCBS Annual Retreat. Twenty seven excellent entries were submitted and eight were chosen for award; click here to see the winner list and their research titles. The winners receive $10,000 in funds to be split among the principal investigators for the conduct of the proposed research, plus an amount to be used at the discretion of the proposing students/postdocs for their valid research or educational expenses ($500 if there was a single student/postdoc proposer; $1000 if there were two or more student/postdoc proposers).
Plans are in process to hold next year's Retreat in Santa Monica, CA on March 23-25, 2012.
Mark your calendars now - meet a new collaborator and submit an entry for next year's competition!