Welcome to the q-bio Summer School and Conference!

San Diego, California campus, July 13-28, 2015

From Q-bio

The q-bio Summer School not runs in three campuses, Albuquerque, San Diego, and Fort Collins. The program of the San Diego campus focuses on the emerging field of synthetic biology. A series of lecture mini-courses, individual research lectures, labs and tutorials will cover a broad range of topics related to both computational and experimental aspects of contemporary synthetic biology. Students will attend two core lectures each morning followed by one research lecture. In the afternoon computational track students will participate in computer labs and tutorials, while experimental track students will work in the lab. All students will participate in small team projects, under the mentorship of the school faculty. During the "student symposium" on the last two days of school all students will present the results of their projects as well as student talks about their "home projects". Beautiful San Diego area offers unlimited possibilities for weekend activities including swimming, surfing, windsurfing, kayaking, biking, hiking, etc. We will offer an organized kayak tour of La Jolla Cove on the first weekend of the school.


Focus Areas

The school will cover a broad range of topics related to synthetic biology but the following focus areas will be emphasized:

  • Deterministic and stochastic methods for modeling of genetic circuits
  • General design principles of synthetic intracellular networks
  • Quantitative characterization of cellular signaling cascades
  • Basic molecular biology techniques
  • Microscopy and microfluidics
  • Image processing tools, cell segmentation and tracking

More details on the programs are given here

Selection Procedure

An application includes a CV and a statement of interest, which is limited to 1 page. Applicants are also asked to complete an online form. If you indicate that the Albuquerque campus is your first choice, you will receive priority consideration from the local organizers at this campus. Applicants wishing to attend the Albuquerque campus do not need to commit to a specific course - all students at the Albuquerque campus will have the opportunity to attend all lectures and to participate in all labs offered. One or more projects will be offered in each of the four focus areas.