October 2021 QCB Newsletter




Department of Quantitative and Computational Biology

This past month, the Department of Quantitative and Computational Biology (QCB) has completely reopened its doors with in-person departmental seminars, our first in-person dissertation defense, and in-person social events. All QCB classes have already been in person since August with no exceptions.


We hosted our QBIO parents and families for a reception during Trojan Family Weekend, during which our QBIO students organized a ping pong tournament. I am glad to see that we are back together forming community. The next event will be our departmental retreat in a few weeks in Ventura Beach, CA.


In case you missed it, our QCB Department has a new web site. Take a look and find out who we are and what we offer: https://qcb-dornsife.usc.edu


Remo Rohs, QCB Department Chair


Trojan Family Weekend

The QCB Department hosted parents and families of QBIO students for a pre-game reception and tailgate. Thanks to QBIO mom, Hayedeh Scott, for initiating this new tradition.The QBIO students had a ping pong tournament during Trojan Family Weekend. Thanks to Ria Pei for organizing and congratulations to QCB Lecturer Dr. Tsu-Pei Chiu for winning.





QBIO Undergraduate Students

Dr. Jerry Lee, from the Lawrence J. Ellison Institute for Transformative Medicine, and members of the QBIO Student Data Analysis Group visited Dr. Remo Rohs.


QBIO student, Leon Zha, received the Men of Principle Scholarship which recognizes "outstanding gentlemen, leaders and scholars" from the Beta Theta Pi Fraternity.


CBB Graduate Students

Dr. Jinsen Li, from the Rohs Lab, successfully defended his PhD thesis, "Machine learning of DNA shape and spatial geometry", on September 30, 2021.


CBB student, Yingfei Wang, edited a magazine on "Computing and Sustainability" published by the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM). (Read article and full edited issue here)


QCB Postdocs

The QCB Postdocs got together to get to know each other better and to discuss their research and collaboration opportunities.


QCB Faculty

Drs. Michael "Doc" Edge and Geoffrey Fudenberg were featured in an article as part of faculty who joined the Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences in 2020. (Read Dornsife article here)


Departmental Seminars

QCB Departmental Seminars started to be back in person with a full house for Dr. Doc Edge's talk including several of our newest QBIO undergraduate freshman. Dr. Geoffrey Fudenberg, Assistant Professor, University of Southern California "Genome biology: from maps to mechanisms"

October 21, 2021, 2-3 pm, RRI 101

Dr. Jazlyn Mooney, Gabilian Assistant Professor, University of Southern California "On the number of genealogical ancestors: tracing to the source groups of an admixed population" October 28, 2021, 2-3 pm, RRI 101 Dr. Steven Gazal, Assistant Professor, University of Southern California "The functional genetic architecture of human diseases and complex traits" November 4, 2021, 2-3 pm, RRI 101 Dr. Cornelius Gati, Assistant Professor, University of Southern California "Structural basis of GABAergic neurotransmission" November 11, 2021, 2-3 pm, RRI 101


Upcoming QCB Retreat

The QCB annual department and graduate program retreat is a very important event for exchanging ideas and getting to know each other. Our 2021 QCB Retreat will be held on Friday, November 19th, and Saturday, November 20th. We will spend one night at the Crowne Plaza Ventura Beach with a full day and a half of research presentations by graduate students, postdocs, and faculty. The retreat forms community and introduces incoming PhD students and new postdocs to all members of the QCB department.


Postdoctoral Positions Open

Postdoctoral positions in 3D genome biology are open in the Fudenberg Research Group (https://fudenberg.team) Katritch lab accepts postdoctoral applications in structural bioinformatics and drug discovery (https://katritch.usc.edu/)


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