Summer Undergraduate Research Experience: Modeling and Simulation in Systems Biology
Program Dates: June 1 – August 5, 2016
Technological advances in the measurement of molecular events in cells and tissues make it possible to obtain detailed information about the wide variety of dynamic processes that control the development and functioning of organisms . This has given rise to a systems approach in biology and biomedicine, which captures these processes at the systems level through the language of mathematical models. Accordingly, the scientific focus of this program is on the development, implementation, and application of mathematical algorithms to problems in biology and biomedicine. In 2016, the program will focus on research projects in the Laubenbacher, Mendes and Vera-Licona research groups at the Center for Quantitative Medicine, and the Slepchenko group at the Center for Cell Analysis and Modeling. Students will work in teams with UConn researchers, have opportunities to build their professional network, and learn about a wide range of career opportunities.
Comments from Past Participants:
“Learning more about what it means to do bio-math research and the difference between academics and industry has definitely influenced my career plans.”
“One thing this program has done is make me more confident in the plans I entered with. I would certainly like to have a research based career.”
“This program gave me a pretty good idea about the variety of possible career paths outside of academia. We met with scientists that switched to lobbying, scientists that worked in pharmaceuticals, scientists that worked in small startups, and we learned what their day to day experience was like.”
“I’m definitely thinking about pursuing a career in systems biology, whether it be in industry or academia. This program has definitely opened my eyes to the different possibilities that exist for someone with my skill sets.”
“I learned a lot of new things, was exposed to new ideas, and got to meet and talk to many interesting people that I otherwise would probably have never encountered.” I look forward to the possibility of exploring this field further in the future.”
2015 Educational Activities:
Teleconference discussion about his industry with James Brown, Computational Biology Infectious Disease and Alternative Discovery and Development Quantitative Sciences at GlaxoSmithKline.
Video discussion with Miriam Quintal from Lewis-Burkes Associates, a government relations firm, about her scientific education and working with the federal government.
Participated in tutorial on COPASI simulation software, presented by Dr. Pedro Mendes.
Participated and presented posters at undergraduate research mini-conference at the UConn Storrs campus, attended by a group of northeast colleges.
Funded by the National Science Foundation Award #1460967