Welcome to the q-bio Summer School and Conference!

Fort Collins, Colorado campus, July 6-21, 2015

From Q-bio

In 2015, we have added a new campus of the q-bio Summer School at the Colorado State University in Fort Collins, CO. Three overlapping courses will be offered ranging from the analysis of complexity in biological systems to the inference of stochastic models from single-cell measurements and to the modeling of dynamics of leukemic cancers. Over two and a half weeks, students will attend:

  • ten invited 1-hour research seminars;
  • ten invited 1.5-hour general lectures;
  • 30 hours of in-depth breakout discussions including expert panel discussions, chalk talks, computer/experimental lab demonstrations;
  • 15-20 student oral presentations;
  • two catered poster sessions;
  • 20+ hours of mentored project work and project presentations;
  • formal and informal networking opportunities and more.

For questions about the Fort Collins Campus of the q-bio Summer School, contact Dr. Brian Munsky.

The application system is now closed.


These are the main topics to be covered at the Fort Collins branch of the q-bio Summer School. Applicants wishing to attend the Fort Collins campus do not need to commit to a specific course - all students at the Fort Collins campus will have the opportunity to attend all lectures and to participate in all labs offered.


Intended Audience

Each of the the three theme areas of the q-bio summer school requires basic familiarity with ordinary differential equations. We will be cover basic and some more advanced results in nonlinear dynamics and stochastic processes. We will also spend a significant amount of time developing and using computational tools. However, the main aim of the school is to develop biological insight and use these mathematical/computational tools to solve biological problems. Students with some familiarity with differential equations who are willing to learn and are interested in the biological questions will benefit from the program. Student with extensive knowledge of the math and with a deep interest in the biological questions will also benefit. We hope to attract both of these categories of students to attend the course. We believe that students with strong mathematical backgrounds and those with strong training in the biological sciences can work together, learn from one another, and help us to strengthen the q-bio community as a whole. The summer school may not be an optimal match for someone who is interested only in the math (i.e., this is not a dynamical systems summer school but a q-bio summer school). However, we will cover some modern data analysis methods, and we hope that even those people who have seen dynamical systems before will learn a few new tools or approaches.


Invited Lecturers at the 2015 q-bio Summer School (CSU Campus) will include:

Campus Schedule

The daily schedule a the CSU campus will be as follows:

  • 08:30-09:30 General Seminar
  • 09:30-10:00 Coffee Break and Panel Discussion
  • 10:15-11:30 Student Talks (days 2,3,4,7,8,9) or project time (days 1,5,6,10).
  • 11:30-13:15 Lunch
  • 13:30-14:45 General Chalk Talk
  • 15:00-16:15 Breakout Sessions
  • 16:30-17:45 Breakout Sessions
  • 18:00-20:00 Dinner, Social, or Poster Session
  • 20:00-22:00 Free time or Optional Evening Activities (e.g., Special lecture or Journal club at the brewpub).
  • Weekend Activities: See below.

Please look here for a draft of the Detailed Schedule, q-bio14, Fort Collins.


Many of the lectures at the 2015 q-bio Summer School in Fort Collins will make use of different software packages. We recommend coming to the summer school with the following pre-installed:

About the CSU Campus

The new campus of the q-bio Summer School will be held at the Colorado State University in Fort Collins. Founded in 1870 under the Morrill Act of 1862, the Fort Collins CSU campus now enrolls 25,600 on-campus students.

The q-bio Summer School will be held in the new, Suzanne and Walter Scott, Jr. Bioengineering Building. This $75-million, 122,000-square-foot building, completed in Fall of 2013, houses offie and lab space for about 40 faculty scientists from several departments and colleges; all engaged in Systems and Synthetic Biology, Bioanalytical Devices, and Biomedical Engineering. The building, which has been built to LEED Gold standards, also includes state-of-the-art classrooms, teaching labs, and small design studio computer labs where student teams will work on course projects.

School Lodging

Students at the q-bio Summer School in Fort Collins will be housed in the Academic Village Honors dormitories (a short, but pleasant walk from the school classrooms). Two lodging options are available: suite-style single and suite-style double. A description and floor plans for the dormitories are located here. Prices will depend upon room type.

Daily breakfast and lunch are included with the lodging fee and will be served at the Rams Horn at the Academic Village. This center features 8 different food venues including a Mongolian Grill, Tex-Mex station, pasta, deli, salad bar, and more.

On campus students will have access to the CSU recreation center located across the intramural fields from the dormitories. The Rec Center is home to the single largest strength training facility in the state. It also features two 38-foot-tall rock-climbing towers and a bouldering wall/cave, an aquatic center that boasts a 12-foot-tall climbing wall, lazy river and 35-person spa, two massage rooms, cardio-weight areas measuring over 24,000 square feet, four exercise studios and a three-lane indoor track.

Nearby Attractions

CSU is in Fort Collins is located 65 miles (105km) north of Denver, and on the edge of the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains. Fort Collins is a midsize city of 150,000, which has frequently been ranked one of the best towns in the USA by numerous sources. Fort Collins is located along the Poudre river and has limitless outdoor opportunities for hiking, rafting, kayaking, water skiing, rock climbing, and bicycling. The city's thriving beer culture supports many fantastic microbreweries, including the New Belgium Brewing Company, the Odell Brewing Company, the Fort Collins Brewery, Equinox Brewing, Funkwerks, Anheuser-Busch, and several brewpubs. Fort Collins has an impressive selection of restaurants and quality fine arts programs, and the resources of Denver are just over an hour’s drive away.

Weekend Activities

A couple group weekend activities will be planned, but there is lots more to do:

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