Accelerating biological discovery through innovation

Whether your passion is to reduce human suffering from disease, mitigate climate-change effects on ecosystems, or advance how we understand, explain and predict living systems, your career will benefit from the unique competitive advantages of a QSB degree.

Featured Faculty

David Ardell
Associate Professor
Computational biology and evolution of gene expression mechanisms
Assistant Professor
Animal foraging and food web dynamics over space and time
Xuecai Ge
Assistant Professor
Cell signaling in neural development, brain tumors and neurological disorders
Emilia Huerta-Sanchez
Assistant Professor
Human population genomics, biostatistics and molecular evolution
Assistant Professor
Experimental biophysics, quantitative biology single-molecule analysis of molecular motors
DOE Joint Genome Institute/Associate Adjunct Professor
Sequence-based approaches to studying microbial community assembly, function and dynamics
Associate Professor
Genome and community dynamics of bacterial endophytes in conifer trees
Professor
Models of biological processes and molecular dynamics of disordered proteins
Professor Michael Dawson
Associate Professor
Evolutionary ecology, biogeography and phylogeography of marine invertebrates.
Kirk Jensen
Assistant Professor
Parasite pathogenesis and immunology, toxoplasma and host-immune responses
Fred Wolf
Assistant Professor
Genetic and neural coding of behavior in Drosophila
Professor Laura Beaster-Jones
Assistant Teaching Professor/LPSOE
Evolution and development of chordates, developmental gene regulatory networks
Professor
Protein biochemistry, HIV inhibition, anti-inflammation, structural biology
Adjunct Professor
Human functional genomics and enhancers in development and disease
Kara McCloskey
Associate Professor
Stem cell and tissue engineering for regenerative medicine applications
Assistant Professor
Computational approaches to big trees and big data: phylogenetics, genomics, and the Open Tree of Life
Professor
Theory at the interface of biophysics and soft condensed matter physics
Assistant Professor
Plant adaptation, species range limits biological invasions and evolutionary conservation science
Tanja Woyke
DOE Joint Genome Institute/Associate Adjunct Professor
twoyke@ucmerced.edu
Associate Professor
Cell fate decisions and regulation in Drosophila neural stem cells and RNA decay.
Professor Shahar Sukenik
Assistant Professor
Biophysical chemistry, structural biology; Understanding the interplay between proteins and their environment by combining biophysical methods and live cell microscopy.
Anand Bala Subramaniam
Assistant Professor
Synthetic Biology, Soft Matter Physics, Colloid and Interface Science, Microfabrication and Microfluidics
Assistant Professor
Structural, biochemical and functional studies of membrane transport proteins
Christopher Viney
Professor
Biomolecular materials, biologically inspired material synthesis and processing
Katrina Hoyer
Assistant Professor
Immunological tolerance and auto-immune disease, regulatory T cells
Professor
Calcium in cardiac cellular signaling and techniques to study cardiac cells in vivo
Assistant Professor
Terrestrial paleoecology, niche and community modeling and phylochronology
Assistant Professor
Systems biology, fluxomics of cancer metabolism and metabolic disease
Assistant Professor
Cancer imaging, cancer therapy, fluorescence molecular tomography, x-ray imaging, biomedical imaging system and algorithm
Michael Beman
Associate Professor
Microbial ecology and biogeochemical cycling in the oceans
Assistant Professor
Epigenetic and transcriptional networks and metabolic engineering of yeasts
Victor Muñoz
Professor
Our group’s research interests are on the areas of Biophysics, Structural/Computational Biology and Synthetic Molecular Biology. Within this broad area we investigate the conformational and functional behavior of proteins (how they fold, bind, and function) with the combined goals of deciphering their mechanisms of operation and understanding their general design principles towards developing exciting engineering applications in the emerging field of Bionanotechnology.
Associate Professor
Developmental immunology, cell fate regulation, hematopoiesis
Paul Smaldino
Assistant Professor
Population dynamics, social and cultural evolution, self-organization, mathematical and computational modeling
Assistant Professor
Mathematical biology, dynamical systems and computational biology and bioinformatics
Dr. Eva de Alba Bastarrechea
Acting Associate Professor
Structural Biology, Biophysics and Biochemistry of macromolecules and macromolecular ensembles (emphasis in inflammation and cellular death), Protein Engineering, NMR Spectroscopy.
Mark Sistrom
Assistant Professor
Ecology, Evolutionary biology
Wei-Chun Chin
Associate Professor
Polymer physics and engineering of cellular and environmental systems
Associate Professor
Stem cell regulation, cancer and regeneration in planarians
Shilpa Khatri
Assistant Professor
Numerical Analysis, Fluid Dynamics, Applied Math, Applications in Biology and Oceanography
Chris Amemiya
Professor
Biochemistry and molecular biology
Andy LiWang
Professor
NMR spectroscopy, structural biology, biochemistry, molecular mechanisms of biological clocks
Assistant Adjunct Professor
Molecular evolution, gene/genome structure, intragenomic conflict, balancing selection, sex chromosomes and determination
Danielle
Assistant Professor
Ecological, phenotypic, genomic and behavioral evolution of reptiles and amphibians; Conservation genetics/genomics
Miriam Barlow
Professor
Experimental evolution of antibiotic resistance in bacteria
Assistant Adjunct Professor
Limb and skeletal development, genetics of bone metabolism, transcriptomics
Professor
Terrestrial wildland ecosystems ecology, plant and soil microbe interactions
Assistant Professor
Microbiome Regulation, Viral Metagenomics, Systems Immunology
Chih-Wen Ni
Assistant Professor
Professor
Insulin resistance; cardiorenal and metabolic disorders; comparative physiology of Northern Elephant Seals.
Emily Moran
Assistant Professor
Evolutionary ecology of plant responses to environmental change
Clarissa Nobile
Assistant Professor
Molecular development of microbial communities, biofilm formation
Gordon Bennett
Assistant Professor
The co-evolution and origins of insect-microbe symbioses.
Assistant Professor
Motion and transport of living microorganisms and biological fluid dynamics across scales.
Anna Beaudin
Assistant Professor
Defining origin of developmentally- restricted immune cells and developmental basis of immune dysfunction. Developmental hematopoiesis, immune system establishment, developmental basis of immune dysfunction.
Assistant Professor
Epigenetic mechanisms of neuronal gene transcription, roles in mental health and autism
UC Merced Professor Stephanie Woo
Assistant Professor
Endoderm development and epithelial morphogenesis in zebrafish
Associate Adjunct Professor
Applications of high-performance computing to big-sequencing data and machine learning
Linda Hirst
Professor
Experimental soft matter physics and biophysics

Our Research

The QSB graduate program trains students in quantitative and interdisciplinary biology research, with particular emphasis on Molecular and Cell Biology, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Systems and Synthetic Biology, and Quantitative Biology and Bioinformatics.

 

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Our Facilities

QSB researchers access top-notch facilities including the Stem Cell Instrumentation Foundry (SCIF), a shared high-performance computing (HPC) cluster for Multi-Environment Research Computer for Exploration and Discovery (MERCED), and a shared Illumina MiSeq.

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Recent News

December 5, 2018
All complex life evolves in alliance with, in defense of or in reaction to bacteria. A new paper by UC Merced Professor Gordon Bennett demonstrates...
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Quantitative and Systems Biology

Advances in techniques and theory that bridge molecular and ecosystems scales have greatly enabled the potential for integration across the life sciences. Biologists' ability to gather and process large amounts of quantitative data in field and laboratory settings is advancing hand-in-hand with theory and modeling that better explain the diversity of life on Earth.

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