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

Professor
Terrestrial wildland ecosystems ecology, plant and soil microbe interactions
Assistant Professor
Animal foraging and food web dynamics over space and time
Assistant Professor
Human population genomics, biostatistics and molecular evolution
Professor
Biomolecular materials, biologically inspired material synthesis and processing
Dr. Paul Smaldino is faculty in the Quantitative and Systems Biology group at UC Merced.
Assistant Professor
Population dynamics, social and cultural evolution, self-organization, mathematical and computational modeling
Professor
Theory at the interface of biophysics and soft condensed matter physics
Mark Sistrom
Assistant Professor
Ecology, Evolutionary biology
Assistant Professor
Cell signaling in neural development, brain tumors and neurological disorders
Associate Professor
Stem cell and tissue engineering for regenerative medicine applications
DOE Joint Genome Institute/Associate Adjunct Professor
Sequence-based approaches to studying microbial community assembly, function and dynamics
Assistant Professor
Parasite pathogenesis and immunology, toxoplasma and host-immune responses
Assistant Professor
Motion and transport of living microorganisms and biological fluid dynamics across scales.
Anand Bala Subramaniam
Assistant Professor of Engineering
Synthetic Biology, Soft Matter Physics, Colloid and Interface Science, Microfabrication and Microfluidics
Assistant Professor
Cancer imaging, cancer therapy, fluorescence molecular tomography, x-ray imaging, biomedical imaging system and algorithm
Associate Professor
Stem cell regulation, cancer and regeneration in planarians
Tanja Woyke
DOE Joint Genome Institute/Associate Adjunct Professor
twoyke@ucmerced.edu
Associate Professor
Experimental evolution of antibiotic resistance in bacteria
Associate Adjunct Professor
Applications of high-performance computing to big-sequencing data and machine learning
Professor
Protein biochemistry, HIV inhibition, anti-inflammation, structural biology
Assistant Professor
Defining origin of developmentally- restricted immune cells and developmental basis of immune dysfunction
Professor
Insulin resistance; cardiorenal and metabolic disorders; comparative physiology of Northern Elephant Seals.
Adjunct Professor
Human functional genomics and enhancers in development and disease
Shilpa Khatri
Assistant Professor
Numerical Analysis, Fluid Dynamics, Applied Math, Applications in Biology and Oceanography
Professor
Models of biological processes and molecular dynamics of disordered proteins
Assistant Professor
Genetic and neural coding of behavior in Drosophila
Assistant Professor
Experimental biophysics, quantitative biology single-molecule analysis of molecular motors
Associate Professor, Educational Policy Chair of QSB
Cell fate decisions and regulation in Drosophila neural stem cells and RNA decay.
Professor
Experimental soft matter physics and biophysics
Victor Muñoz
Professor
molecular biophysics, synthetic molecular biology, protein engineering and design, protein folding and aggregation, macromolecular assemblies and interactions, biomolecular biosensors
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.
Assistant Professor
Systems biology, fluxomics of cancer metabolism and metabolic disease
Assistant Professor
Epigenetic mechanisms of neuronal gene transcription, roles in mental health and autism
Assistant Professor
Computational approaches to big trees and big data: phylogenetics, genomics, and the Open Tree of Life
Associate Professor
Developmental immunology, cell fate regulation, hematopoiesis
David Ardell
Associate Professor; Chair of QSB
Computational biology and evolution of gene expression mechanisms
Emily Moran
Assistant Professor
Evolutionary ecology of plant responses to environmental change
Assistant Professor
Epigenetic and transcriptional networks and metabolic engineering of yeasts
Assistant Professor; Recruitment Chair of QSB
Molecular development of microbial communities, biofilm formation
UC Merced Professor Stephanie Woo
Assistant Professor
Endoderm development and epithelial morphogenesis in zebrafish
Professor Laura Beaster-Jones
Assistant Teaching Professor/LPSOE
Evolution and development of chordates, developmental gene regulatory networks
Professor; Admissions Chair of QSB
NMR spectroscopy, structural biology, biochemistry, molecular mechanisms of biological clocks
Assistant Professor
Mathematical biology, dynamical systems and computational biology and bioinformatics
Michael Beman
Associate Professor; Treasurer of QSB
Microbial ecology and biogeochemical cycling in the oceans
Assistant Adjunct Professor
Limb and skeletal development, genetics of bone metabolism, transcriptomics
Wei-Chun Chin
Associate Professor
Polymer physics and engineering of cellular and environmental systems
Assistant Professor
Structural, biochemical and functional studies of membrane transport proteins
Associate Professor
Genome and community dynamics of bacterial endophytes in conifer trees
Assistant Professor; Secretary of QSB
Terrestrial paleoecology, niche and community modeling and phylochronology
Assistant Adjunct Professor
Molecular evolution, gene/genome structure, intragenomic conflict, balancing selection, sex chromosomes and determination
Professor
Calcium in cardiac cellular signaling and techniques to study cardiac cells in vivo
Assistant Professor
Plant adaptation, species range limits biological invasions and evolutionary conservation science
Associate Professor
Evolutionary ecology, biogeography and phylogeography of marine invertebrates.
Danielle
Assistant Professor
Ecological, phenotypic, genomic and behavioral evolution of reptiles and amphibians; Conservation genetics/genomics
Assistant Professor
Assistant Professor
Immunological tolerance and auto-immune disease, regulatory T cells

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

June 19, 2018
In 2012, Environmental Systems graduate student Lauren Schiebelhut was collecting DNA from ochre sea stars living along the Northern California coast...
June 14, 2018
Biology Professor Anna Beaudin was named a member of the 2018 class of Pew Biomedical Scholars today, one of 22 early-career researchers nationwide...
May 31, 2018
Neurons keep time. These brain cells – which are responsible for the brain’s “heavy lifting,” from information processing to memory formation – seem...
May 23, 2018
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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.

Contact Us

Graduate Admissions:
Phone: (209) 228-4723
 
Graduate Funding:
Phone: (209) 228-4622
 
General Inquiries:
Phone: (209) 228-4723
Fax: (209) 228-6906
 
Mailing Address:
University of California, Merced
ATTN: Graduate Division
5200 N. Lake Road, Ste KL 227
Merced, CA 95343
University of California, Merced
 
The first new American research
university in the 21st century, with a
mission of research, teaching and service.
 
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5200 North Lake Road
Merced, CA 95343
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