• B.I.G. Summer 2021: June 21 - August 13

    B.I.G. Summer Cohort 2021!

  • 7th Annual QCBio Retreat!

    Tuesday, September 21, 2021
    From 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
    Boyer Hall

  • PLEASE WELCOME: JENNIFER WILSON, PhD, NEW QCBIO FACULTY AND ASSISTANT PROFESSOR AT THE UCLA DEPARTMENT OF BIOENGINEERING.

    Dr. Jennifer L. Wilson is an Assistant Professor at the UCLA Department of Bioengineering. In the Computational Systems Pharmacology Lab, Dr. Wilson studies how proteins downstream of drug targets affect drug-induced phenotypes – the ability to mitigate disease or cause side effects. The lab aims to develop engineering principles for rationally designing novel drug targets by accounting for downstream protein effects. Prior to coming to UCLA, Dr. Wilson earned a B.S. in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Virginia, she was an NSF Graduate Fellow with Doug Lauffenburger at M.I.T., and recently completed a CERSI fellowship in Regulatory Science (with Russ Altman) and SPARK fellowship (with Kevin Grimes) at Stanford University.

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  • PLEASE WELCOME: AMJAD ASKARY, PhD, NEW QCBIO FACULTY AND ASSISTANT PROFESSOR AT THE UCLA DEPARTMENT OF MOLECULAR, CELL AND DEVELOPMENTAL BIOLOGY

    Dr. Amjad Askary is an Assistant Professor at UCLA Department of Molecular, Cell and Developmental Biology. He studies cell fate specification in the mammalian retina using technologies that he has developed for synthetic recording and in situ readout of lineage and cellular history. Amjad received his undergraduate and Master’s degree in Biotechnology and Bioprocess Engineering from University of Tehran in Iran and his PhD in Genetics, Molecular and Cellular Biology from University of Southern California. Most recently, he completed his postdoctoral fellowship, working with Dr. Michael Elowitz at Caltech.

  • PLEASE WELCOME: MICHAEL WELLS, PhD, NEW QCBIO FACULTY AND ASSISTANT PROFESSOR IN THE DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN GENETICS

    Michael F. Wells, PhD is an Assistant Professor in the UCLA Department of Human Genetics. He earned a B.S. in Biological Sciences from the University of Notre Dame in 2008, and a PhD in Neurobiology from Duke University in 2015 under the guidance of Dr. Guoping Feng. In 2021, he completed his postdoctoral training in the laboratory of Dr. Kevin Eggan at Harvard University and the Broad Institute. Michael’s research focuses on discovering the disease mechanisms underlying neurodevelopmental disorders of genetic and viral origin using human stem cell-derived neural models and cerebral organoids. His work has been published in such high-impact journals as Nature, Cell, Neuron, and Cell Stem Cell, and has been funded by a F31 Predoctoral Fellowship, a K99/R00 Pathway to Independence award, and a Burroughs Wellcome Fund Postdoctoral Enrichment Program award.

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  • 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.

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  • 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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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.