Graduate Program & Activities



Graduate Program in Mathematical, Computational and Systems Biology (MCSB)

intnav-logo-MCSBThe goal of UCI's program in Mathematical, Computational and Systems Biology (MCSB) is to provide students from a variety of educational backgrounds with Ph.D. training suitable for research careers in the nascent field of Systems Biology. The program emphasizes in-depth classroom study, interdisciplinary research rotations, and individualized advising.

Currently, the program begins with an initial "gateway" year, known as the Mathematical and Computational Biology (MCB) program, during which students receive basic training in principles of biology, as well as in mathematics, engineering and computer science. Students also participate in research rotations, workshops, and directed reading of the Systems Biology literature. Upon successful completion of the MCB year, students select a thesis advisor from among the participating faculty, who represent departments throughout the biological, physical and information sciences and engineering. Students fulfill the remainder of their degree requirements according to the guidelines of the departmental programs to which their thesis advisors belong, at the same time continuing to participate in workshops, retreats, journal clubs and other activities of the MCSB program. At some point in the near future, it is expected that MCSB students will also have the option of receiving an interdisciplinary degree independent from departmental program requirements.


For more information and to apply, visit the MCSB website and download the MCB Handbook  

               MCSB Interdisciplinary Program Director: John Lowengrub, Department of Mathematics
Gateway Director: Jun Allard, Department of Mathematics
Associate Director: Arthur D. Lander, Department of Developmental & Cell Biology
Founding and Associate Director: Frederic Y.M. Wan, Department of Mathematics

 For inquiries regarding the MCSB Program:

Cely Dean, Asst. Administrative Analyst:
Tel. 949-824-4120


Karen Martin, Administrator,
Center for Complex Biological Systems:
Tel. 949-824-3377


 Systems Biology Journal Club

(for graduate students and postdocs)


When: Wednesdays, 12pm - 1pm
Where: 2120 Biological Sciences III
Course Code: 08815, Dev Bio 212 (Winter Quarter, 2019)
Advisor: Dr. Zeba Wunderlich 


For further information and to find out how to join the group, please contact the instructor. Interested UCI Graduate Students are invited to enroll in the course Fall, Winter or Spring quarter, through the Webreg site.


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