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Visiting Scholar/Researcher Program in Systems Biology


VSP logoThe University of California, Irvine has a current Visiting Scholars/Researchers Program in Systems Biology. The program is supported by funding from an NIH-NIGMS P50 National Center for Systems Biology grant focused on how biological systems in model organisms process spatial information during development, intracellular signaling, and cell proliferation. Other efforts within the Center include the development of computational and optical tools needed for measuring and modeling spatially dynamic systems. In addition, research and training in systems biology at UCI is fostered by several interdisciplinary research units and Ph.D. training programs in Bioinformatics, and Mathematical and Computational Biology.

Several Fellowships will be awarded for up to $2,500 for travel expenses; $2,500/month for room and board; and $2,000 for lab supplies and materials per attendee. The term of awarded Fellowships typically may run two weeks to two months.

The successful applicant is expected to explore opportunities for collaborative research and/or contribute to the teaching of undergraduate and graduate students in systems biology. At UCI, particular strengths exist in Developmental and Cell Biology, Molecular Biology and Biochemistry, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Biomedical Engineering, Biological Chemistry, Microbiology and Molecular Genetics, Anatomy and Neurobiology, Physiology and Biophysics, Mathematics, Physics and Astronomy, Computer Science, and Statistics. Applicants should submit a letter of application, curriculum vitae, bibliography, three letters of reference, and statements of research and teaching interests to the Center Administrator, Karen Martin ( electronically as pdf or Word files. Letters of recommendation should be sent separately by the writers.

For additional information regarding this program and other CCBS activities, please contact the Center Administrator, Karen Martin, E-mail:



National Short Course in Systems Biology of Morphogenesis & Spatial Dynamics


NSCSB logoThe goal of the National Short Course in Systems Biology at UCI is to provide a relatively deep introduction to the range of topics within Systems Biology, together with the option for remedial preparation either in biology or mathematical/computational core concepts, and to do so in a reasonable period of time and attractive format.


The course design provides a mix of strategies to help participants:
• identify and pose scientific questions from a Systems Biology perspective,
• provide biological methodologies for gathering the appropriate kinds of data
• and apply mathematical tools for analyses and modeling.


The subject emphasis of the course is on cellular controls of cell differentiation, with a central theme of morphogenesis and spatial dynamics. Research models that are dependent on complex spatial information will be the primary focus since this builds on the extensive research expertise of participating faculty, departments and existing centers of excellence at UCI.


The course consists of both didactic lectures and hands-on "wet/dry" laboratories and tutorials.


For more information and to apply, visit the short course website. The 3-week short course is held annually in January.



Advanced Correlation Techniques Group


PCG logoMany research groups are interested in applying image correlation techniques (including pair correlation, RICS, STICS, derivative analysis and FCS) to their research models.  In an effort to reach out to the UCI community, in particular to those who are new to these techniques, we hold regular group interest meetings for PIs, postdocs, students and researchers to facilitate learning about these types of analyses. Group discussions also include review of relevant papers and related topics in the field of advanced microscopy imaging tools that will be helpful in providing guidance to researchers about what is feasible and practical for their own research projects.


For further information, visit the LFD website or contact the Series Coordinator: 
Laboratory for Fluorescence Dynamics 
3204 Natural Sciences II
Tel. (949) 824-2992. 



Modeling Interest Group (MIG)


MIG logoCCBS has organized an Interest Group in Modeling Biological Systems, to bring together people from different disciplines who share the common goal of developing a more in-depth understanding of biological systems from molecules to cells to organisms. The meetings consist of informal seminars, tutorials, workshops, demonstrations, research-in-progress talks, and/or brainstorming. The typical meeting lasts 1 to 1½ hours, and typically occur once or twice a month. For 2011-2012, Modeling Interest Group is being organized by Prof. Olivier Cinquin (


Date: Tuesday, June 7, 2011 @12:00pm
Location: Bio Sci. III, Room 2622 (CCBS Conference Room)
Presenter: Neil Segil (Research Associate Professor, Department of Cell and Neurobiology & Division of Cell Biology and
Genetics, House Ear Institute)


Title: "Development of the inner ear: Separating control of the cell cycle from differentiation to get the right number of cells."
Date: Tuesday, April 12, 2011 @12:00pm
Location: Natural Sci. II, Rm 3201
Presenter: Karina Cramer
Title: Coordinated assembly of auditory brainstem circuits.



Translational Systems Biology Interest Group


February 22, 2011 - Dr. Taosheng Huang
November 30, 2010 - Dr. Dan Cooper (Institute for Clinical and Translational Science)



Fluorescence & Optical Imaging Technologies for Scientific Research


USIBR logoThe Undergraduate Student Initiative for Biomedical Research (USIBR) program at the University of California, Irvine is intended to expose under-represented 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 receive lectures on the basics of microscopy, optics, imaging methods, and computational data analysis.


For 2011-12 we are partnered with Rio Hondo College to offer this training experience. For more information, click here.


California State Summer School for Mathematics and Science (COSMOS)

cosmos-mastheadThe COSMOS program is a month-long summer residential academic experience for talented high school students (8th grade and above) at participating University of California campuses (UC Irvine, Davis, Santa Cruz and San Diego). COSMOS offers a challenging curriculum of classroom and laboratory instruction provided by faculty experts with the aim of motivating the most creative minds of the new generation of scientists, engineers and mathematicians.


Visit COSMOS - UC Irvine for campus specific program details (June 24 - July 21, 2012) and course descriptions. CCBS supports Cluster #3: Tissue andTumor Biology and Mathematical/Computer Modeling taught by Professsor John Lowengrub and Dr. Felix Grün.
Cluster #3: Picture gallery (2011).

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