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Education and Training

The next generation of experimental biologists studying cell signaling must be equipped to work productively and in teams with mathematical, computational and physical scientists. Current problems in cell signaling represent rich opportunities for development of entirely new mathematics, statistics and computer science as well as new tools for single cell and single molecule measurements.

The STMC Training Core provides integrated mentoring and training for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows in the biomedical sciences, physical sciences, mathematics, and engineering. The goal is to equip biomedical scientists, educators, and other researchers with the biomedical knowledge and computational and engineering skills needed to communicate across disciplinary boundaries and to participate in interdisciplinary solutions to critical biological questions in the 21st century.

The Center's mentors are drawn from the UNM Health Sciences and main campuses, Los Alamos National Laboratory and Sandia National Laboratory. Mentorships and research training involve sponsors and thesis advisors at all four sites, and thesis committees include membership of faculty and scientists from at least two disciplines projects aligned topically with Center goals.

The Center draws graduate students from multiple graduate programs including the Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program in the Health Sciences Center, the graduate programs in Mathematics and Statistics, Physics and Biology in the College of Arts and Sciences and the graduate programs in Computer Science, Electrical and Chemical Engineering, Chemical and Nuclear Engineering and Nanoscience and Microsystems within the School of Engineering (see In addition to satisfying discipline-specific requirements, STMC students attend specific courses, seminars and journal clubs in quantitative and systems biology.

Fellowship support for STMC students and postdocs is from multiple sources including the Center's own Training Core, the Los Alamos and Sandia National Labs and from a NCI Cancer Nanotechnology Training Center grant awarded in September, 2010 ( Fellowships may support non-US citizens.

STMC and LANL scientists offer an international summer school in systems biology, the q-bio summer school ( All students and postdocs attend the summer school in their first year in the Center. Students attending the summer school also attend the annual international q-bio conference, a major systems biology conference co-sponsored by STMC, NIH and LANL in Santa Fe (

The STMC makes a special effort to recruit and retain women and members from under-represented communities. Information about STMC fellows (present and past) is in People. Interested applicants should contact Ryan Tanner at

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