Education & Outreach
The SDCSB oversees a number of innovative programs to ensure cohesiveness and synergy of center activities across its various components. Our Annual Scientific Retreat and Quarterly Systems-to-Synthesis Meetings ensure that members of the SDCSB remain up-to-date about scientific advances and the technical capabilities of other labs and core facilities.
In 2014, the SDCSB co-hosted to National Centers for Systems Biology Annual Meeting, which took place July 17 – 18, 2014 along with the UCSF Center for Systems and Synthetic Biology. Representatives from all 14 centers attended along with Drs. Peter Lyster and Sarah Dunsmore from NIGMS.
The SDCSB provides educational opportunities to scientists at all career stages. Graduate education is supported by two major PhD programs: Quantitative Biology (qBio) and Bioinformatics and Systems Biology (BISB). We also provide funding to faculty members outside the SDCSB through the Demonstration Projects in Systems Biomedicine RFA.
To disseminate research and education opportunities widely, the Center runs a successful program of meetings, workshops and seminars.
The SDCSB supports a wide array of outreach activities in recognition of the vital role the scientific community plays in educating lay people and influencing public opinion. Our public outreach program is coordinated with the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center in downtown San Diego and caters to a wide social demographic. SDCSB graduate students have developed a number of hand-on bioinformatics teaching activities that support several major science festivals.
The SDCSB’s Systems Biology Trainee Program provides support to both graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. Applications are solicited on an annual basis, with existing Trainees allowed to compete for renewal on an equal footing with new applications. To foster the careers of these Trainees, the SDCSB is organizing a 14-week seminar series focusing on advancing professional and academic development. Trainees also meet monthly at the Systems Biology Club to discuss their own work or a recent key publication in their field.