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. 

Discovery Day with HD3 - February 6, 2014

Wednesday, January 29, 2014, Los Alamos, NM– The New Mexico Consortium (NMC), the Los Alamos Commerce and Development Corporation (LACDC) and the High Desert Discovery District (HD3) announced today that 14 New Mexico innovators were chosen to present their ideas and/or technologies to a panel of business and subject matter experts at the Los Alamos Discovery Day, February 6, 2014. Of the 14 companies/innovators chosen to present, two are recent students from one of the NMC’s partner universities, UNM-LA.  The creators of ClipCam and GFP Biotech completed instructor Nicholas Seet’s "Financing the Entrepreneurial Enterprise” course last fall.   

“I’m delighted that two of my students’ projects were chosen to be included in the Los Alamos Discovery Day event,” Seet said.  “We want to do all that we can to help serve the local start-up community.”

HD3 received 30 applications from various individuals and companies, each one vying for a limited number of spots in the Discovery Day lineup.  Michelle Miller, Founder and CEO of HD3, said, “We were fortunate to have received so many applications for the Los Alamos Discovery Day event.  Many (applications) were very strong, others premature, others not quite “there” in terms of the maturity of the technology development at this time, market need, investment potential or other factors.”

Discovery Day is a special opportunity for regional innovators to vet and discuss their ideas to a highly experienced group of entrepreneurs, innovators, technology management experts, and investors. Innovators will have the opportunity to present their business ideas to a panel of over 20 experienced investors. The opportunity is open to individuals with ideas or existing companies moving in new directions.

The individuals/companies that will be presenting at the Los Alamos Discovery Day on February 6, 2014 are as follows:

  • Vision Quest Biomedical, LLC
  • BlackFish, Inc.
  • Defiant Technologies, Inc.
  • Bionic Soil Solutions International
  • Ion Linac Systems
  • Advanced Clinical Cytogenics
  • Eldorado Biofuels
  • GFP Biotech
  • Aqua Research
  • Biophagy
  • ClipClam
  • Quantum Dots
  • Mixonium
  • Ealasid

At this event innovators gain the opportunity to:

  • Identify new research/development partners and potential funding sources;
  • Acquire new ideas or options for applications;
  • Discover alternative development directions and technologies;
  • Find potential commercialization strategies.

For more information about HD3 and Discovery Day, visit www.hddd.org.
For more information about the NMC, visit 
For more information about the LACDC, visit 

The LACDC works to provide for a viable community, by enabling a sustainable economy; it is a private not-for-profit 501(c) 6 organization that has been active in the community since 1983. The NMC is a non-profit formed by NM universities with goal of promoting collaboration and cutting edge science that will have societal impact, while leveraging capabilities and opportunities at Los Alamos National Laboratory. HD3 is a nonprofit organization with a mission to collaborate with NM’s entrepreneurs, scientific research institutions, and various economic development entities to bridge the gap between discovery and business. 

 For more information about Discovery Day, please feel free to contact Shannan Yeager at syeager@newmexicoconsortium.orgor 505-412-6898, or visit the NMC website.

LA Daily Post Article: Two UNM-LA Innovators Selected for Los Alamos Discovery Day

NMC Offers Tours for LA Science Fest

This year, the Los Alamos Science Festival will be held Friday September 5th through Saturday September 13th, 2014. This event was started to celebrate Los Alamos' unique creative heritage, promote STEM to the community, and to raise awareness of science careers.

This year the New Mexico Consortium (NMC) will hold two public tours as a part of the Los Alamos Science Festival. The "Biofuel from Algae Tour" will be held on Saturday, September 13th from 11:00am - 12:00pm. This will be a tour of the NMC's Plant Biology Laboratory and Greenhouse. Tour participants will see where researchers are delving into the potentials of algae to address: 1) sustainable energy production of biofuels, 2) food security, and 3) climate induced ecological change. The tour is limited to 12 individuals.

The second NMC tour will be of the PRObE Computer Facility on Wednesday, September 10th, from 10:00am - 11:00am. PRObE is a one-of-a-kind (possibly world-wide) computer facility at the Los Alamos Research Park dedicated to large-scale systems research.  Using the Emulabsystem, this unique resource supports research in many systems related fields such as storage, networking, resiliency, big data, and other data intensive applications. The tour is limited to 12 individuals.

Los Alamos ScienceFest is going to be an exciting week of interactive activities, creative competitions, dynamic speakers, community tours, exhibits and educational-flavored social gatherings to engage individuals, families and youth in science. Sign up for a tour of the NMC Biological Laboratory and Greenhouse for the "Biofuel from Algae Tour" or for a tour of the PRObE Computing Facility here.

PRObE Announces "Birds of a Feather" Sessions

The NMC would like to announce two upcoming PRObE Birds of a Feather sessions at the following conferences:

 PRObE Update and Mini tutorial: OSDI'14, BroomField, CO - Tuesday, October 7th @ 8pm (Spruce Room)

 PRObE - 1500 New Machines for Systems Research: SC'14, New Orleans, LA - Tuesday, November 18 @ 5:30pm-7pm (Location TBD)

For those attending these conferences, we invite you to attend either or both of these sessions.  This is a great opportunity for you to share your experiences, meet other PRObE users, ask questions you might have, and receive news about the project and our plans moving forward. Among other things we will announce the availability of the new cluster Nome.

If interested register hereIf interested register here

NMC Greenhouse Opening Workshop and Dinner, May 9th-10th, 2013

The NMC will celebrate the opening of its research greenhouse and the launch of its plant biology initiative with a two-day technical workshop and dinner.  Beth Sellers, Deputy Director of Los Alamos National Laboratory, Dr. Richard Sayre and Dr. Richard Larson, Vice Chancellor for Research at the UNM Health Sciences Center will speak.   

The invitation only dinner will be in the NMC Biolab greenhouse from 6:00-8:00pm on Thursday May 9th.  We will have  beer and wine reception starting at 5:00.  The dinner is being held in conjunction with a technical worksop to launch NMC/LANL joint inititiatives in Biomedical Technology and Plant Biology



5:00 PM Beer and Wine Reception
6:00 PM Dinner Served
6:05 PM Welcome: Katharine Chartrand, Executive Director, NMC
6:15 PM Introductory Remarks, Beth Sellers, Deputy Director, LANL
6:30 PM

Addressing the Global Challenges in Renewable Energy Production, Food Security, and Climate Change

Dick Sayre, Senior Research Scientist, LANL NMC
7:15 PM Richard Larson, Executive Vice Chancellor, Vice Chancellor for Research, Health Sciences Center, UNM
8:00 PM Closing Remarks: Steve Buelow, Director of Laboratory Research, New Mexico Consortium


The Greenhouse is located just past the airport runway as you are going out of Los Alamos on State Hwy 502. It is a large earth green and orange building on your left at 100 Entrada Drive. After you see it, take a left on Camino Entrada and immediately take another left onto Entrada Drive. Go past the Holiday Inn Express and you will see a service road to the right in front of the Greenhouse. Take that service road around to the back and park. Take the stairway up to the Greenhouse where the dinnner will be located.



The NMC Biological Laboratory supports synergistic cross-institutional collaboration in plant biology. University faculty and researchers from Los Alamos and across the world collaborate in our laboratory on global challenges in food security and sustainable energy.


The NMC Biology Laboratory integrates and analyze genomic, phenomic, transcriptomic, proteomic and metabolomic data to form a complete picture of cell function. Advances in technology allow us to integrate the infrastructure for a complete “omics” capability in one laboratory for the first time. The collective expertise of the NMC partnership in the relevant scientific disciplines function sets us apart in this highly interdisciplinary field. The NMC is uniquely positioned to deliver integrated ‘omics’ infrastructure and expertise and exponentially increase our understanding of cell function.

This state-of-the-art, 27,000 square foot facility incudes 6,000 square feet of wet lab, 6,000 square feet of specialized labs, and a 4,000 square foot greenhouse.

This website provides information about visiting the NMC.  We recommend staying at the Holiday Inn Express located immediately next to the NMC Biolab if you will be coming from out of town.

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