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

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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May 22, 2017
Students from Burbank and Peterson Elementary Schools in Merced participated in a day of interactive science and engineering hosted last month by UC...
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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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Merced, CA 95343
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