Support & Questions

mcgaughhallDevelopment of this course is supported by funds from the
National Institutes for General Medical Sciences
(NIH P50GM076516 and R25 GM096989 grants).
For questions about this course, contact:
Felix Grün, PhD
Academic Coordinator, CCBS
Tel. (949) 824-6432

 Course Dates

This open access intensive 3-week lecture/lab course is being held annually in January.
Preparatory Workshops in Biology or Mathematics/Computation (1 week; optional)
Monday, January 11th - Saturday, January 16th,  2016
Systems Biology of Spatial Dynamics Core Course (2 weeks)
Monday, January 18th - Friday, January 29th 2016

Course Registration

Registration for 2016 is NOW OPEN!  Registration form is available here.
Updated information on course options, lodging and fees has been posted July 24, 2015.
Opportunities for financial support of tuition fees/travel fellowships are available - for details and eligibility please see here.
To receive full consideration, completed registration forms must be received by Friday, October 2nd, 2015.
Fellowship support requests received after 10/2/2015 will be reviewed depedent on availability of funds.
Course participants are also invited to attend the 6th Annual Southern California Systems Biology Conference (Sat, January 30th, 2016). Conference registration is FREE for course attendees. For program information please visit website.

Course Participants and Pre-requisites

We welcome scientists from all disciplines (biological, physical, mathematical, computational and engineering) with an interest in developing Systems Biology skills. This high-level introductory course is geared towards senior graduate students, postdocs, faculty and industry researchers with a long term interest in pursuing Systems Biology research but who have little or no prior experience in this emerging discipline.


The goals for a National Short Course in Systems Biology at UCI are 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 will provide 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 our first course will be 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.