q-bio Conference and Summer School

q-bio is a series of conferences and affiliated summer schools, which aim at advancing predictive modeling of cellular regulation, decision making, formation of response, and other information processing phenomena. The emphasis is on deep theoretical understanding, detailed modeling, and quantitative experimentation directed at understanding the behavior of particular regulatory systems and/or elucidating general principles of cellular information processing. Unlike many biological conferences, which focus on specific model systems, q-bio focuses on understanding of phenomena, which manifest themselves in many biological systems.

For many years, the q-bio Conference took place on the campus of St. John's College in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Starting in 2015, with a move to Blacksburg, Virginia, the conference now changes location from year to year. Local organizers also change from year to year. A board was established in 2013 to ensure the continuity of the conference as an annual event. More information about the conference can be found here.

The q-bio Summer School is an annual three-week event intended to advance predictive modeling of cellular regulatory systems by exposing participants to a broad survey of work in quantitative biology as well as providing in depth instruction in modeling techniques relevant to specific areas. The areas that will be covered this year including stochastic gene regulation, cell signaling, viral dynamics, biomolecular simulations, cancer, computational neuroscience and synthetic biology.

The summer school is designed for graduate students, postdocs, or anyone with a quantitative background who is new to modeling cellular regulatory systems/networks. Students will choose to attend one of two different sister campuses (in Albuquerque and San Diego), each with its own separate faculty and technical emphasis. All students are encouraged to attend the final two days in Albuquerque, which will feature student project reports and seminar-style talks prior to the q-bio Conference in Santa Fe. 

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