• B.I.G. Summer 2020 - June 22 - August 14

    We just wrapped up an exciting summer! 74 students (38 faculty mentors, 38 trainee mentors) learned the latest cutting-edge research, tools and techniques used by leading scientists to solve real-world problems! Congrats to all our students who completed the Bruins-in-Genomics Summer Program!

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  • Congratulations to all NSF Graduate Fellowship awardees and Honorable Mentions in QCBio-affiliated programs!

    NSF GRFP Awardees
    Paheli Desai-Chowdhry, Savage lab
    Kevin Neumann, Pinter-Wollman Lab
    William Schmidt, Wong Lab
    Nicole Lynn, Torres Lab
    Aidan Howenstine, Sears Lab
    Elena Coley, Hsiao lab
    Emma Dawson, Teitell lab
    Irena Roy, Teitell Lab

    NSF GRFP Honorable Mentions
    Marissa Ochoa, Sack/Sork labs
    Courtney McClure, Allard Lab
    Sabeen Kazmi, Hsiao Lab
    Samantha Zink, Rodriguez Lab
    Shreya Udani, Di Carlo Lab
    Elizabeth Pumford, Kamei Lab
    Abigail Hickok, Mason lab

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    Developmental Systems Biologist

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  • B.I.G. Summer 2019

    B.I.G. Summer students at the national Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students

  • PLEASE WELCOME: HAROLD PIMENTEL, PhD, NEW QCBIO FACULTY AND ASSISTANT PROFESSOR IN THE DEPT. OF COMPUTATIONAL MEDICINE AND HUMAN GENETICS

    Harold’s lab aims to understand gene regulation by building broadly applicable computational tools to analyze high-throughput genomic assays. This approach works by carefully investigating the experimental design and developing data-driven models using computer science and high-dimensional statistics to advance biomedical discovery.

  • PLEASE WELCOME: DANIEL TWARD, PhD, NEW QCBIO FACULTY AND ASSISTANT PROFESSOR IN THE DEPT. OF COMPUTATIONAL MEDICINE AND NEUROLOGY

    Dr. Daniel Tward’s research uses imaging data to understand how disease affects the brain’s structure. He develops and applies computational tools that overcome challenges in neuroimaging, such as the wide range of imaging technologies producing data, and the complex geometry of the brain’s anatomy. One focus involves studying neurodegeneration of the medial temporal lobe in early Alzheimer’s disease, connecting information available in clinical MRI with microscopy data observed at autopsy.

  • PLEASE WELCOME: LOES OLDE LOOHUIS, PhD, NEW QCBIO FACULTY AND ASSISTANT PROFESSOR OF PSYCHIATRY & BIOBEHAVIORAL SCIENCES

    Dr. Loes Olde Loohuis’ lab studies the underlying molecular mechanisms of severe mental illness. Specifically, the lab aims to characterize and predict psychiatric disease trajectories using genetic and high-dimensional phenotypic data resources, such as electronic health records. The lab has a special focus on the study of populations from Latin America.

  • PLEASE WELCOME: Dr. ABIGAIL BIGHAM, ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR OF ANTHROPOLOGY

    Dr. Abigail Bigham is an Associate Professor of Anthropology at UCLA. Abby received her B.A. from the University of Arizona and her PhD from The Pennsylvania State University. She completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Washington. Prior to joining UCLA, Abby was on the faculty at the University of Michigan. Her current research is focused on understanding human genetic adaptation to environmental pressures and how these adaptations affect the range of modern human phenotypic diversity.

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  • PLEASE WELCOME: ELISA FRANCO, NEW QCBIO FACULTY AND ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR IN MECHANICAL AND AEROSPACE ENGINEERING

    Elisa’s research: 1) Design and synthesis of dynamic nucleic acid systems with applications in biomaterials science and biomedicine. 2) Mathematical modeling to elucidate design principles for temporal signal processing in natural and synthetic gene networks.

  • PLEASE WELCOME: PAVAK SHAH, NEW QCBIO FACULTY AND ASSISTANT PROFESSOR, DEPARTMENT OF MOLECULAR, CELL AND DEVELOPMENTAL BIOLOGY

    Pavak earned his BS and PhD in Biomedical Engineering developing low cost imaging systems for infectious disease diagnostics (2009) and microdevices and automated imaging systems for single cell analysis and sorting (2014). During his postdoc in Zhirong Bao’s lab at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, he studied neural morphogenesis and developed a real-time image analysis system for optically manipulating single cells in developing embryos and living tissues.

  • QCBio proud sponsor of:

    “Demystifying the Oral Qualifying Exam”
    May 1, 2019,
    Organized by the AMEBA Graduate Student Organization

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The Institute for Quantitative and Computational Biosciences is a partnership between the UCLA College, the Health Sciences, and Engineering.  Its associated faculty span more than twelve departments, and a broad range of biological and biomedical research areas – yet, the hallmark of QCBio faculty and their laboratories is the commitment to quantitative reasoning and the development of algorithmic and computational methods.

QCBio’s mission is to support quantitative and computational biosciences research, training, and education. As new measurement capabilities and public data bases are rendering the biosciences – whether basic, translational or clinical – increasingly data-rich, the challenges and opportunities for data analysis and interpretation are a hallmark of all aspects of biosciences research. Further, vast quantities of knowledge – the result of prior research investments – should be harnessed for computer-aided data interpretation and prospective prediction. Thus QCBio addresses the opportunities and challenges of data-driven and knowledge-based computational modeling in the biosciences.

QCBio fosters research into the development of algorithms, software, statistical, mechanistic, and dynamical models, as well as intra-institutional and international collaborations. QCBio provides research training and expert collaborative support via the Collaboratory. QCBio functions as the academic home and sponsor of the inter-departmental programs in Bioinformatics, Biomedical Informatics, and Computational and Systems Biology, at the graduate and undergraduate level. QCBio organizes a major summer undergraduate research program, Bruins in Genomics, that provides substantive graduate school preparation.