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Quantitative Integrative Biology (QIB) Training Grant


Quantitative Integrative Biology (QIB) training program is an NIH-sponsored pre-doctoral training program for UC San Diego PhD students at the interface of the physical and life sciences. Its goal is to train students to develop novel experimental tools and integrate modern theoretical methods into research aimed at elucidating the organizing principles of multi-cellular systems (quantitative physiology).


Each QIB fellow receives the standard NIH allocation for stipend and fees. The fellowship is typically for two years, pending satisfactory progress.


To apply for the QIB fellowship, you need to

  • be a US citizen or permanent resident
  • be in your 2nd or 3rd year of graduate training
  • not have been previously supported by another NIH training grant
  • work in a lab of faculty in the following participating departments and/or graduate programs at UC San Diego:
    • Division of Biological Sciences
    • Departments of Physics
    • Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry
    • Graduate Program in Biomedical Sciences
  • work on a research project on quantitative physiology. Examples of eligible research topics include: organismal development, regeneration, and homeostasis; tissue and organ biology and morphogenesis; collective behavior, mechanics and properties of multicellular ensembles; dynamics and organization of microbial communities and their interactions with the host. Research that develops quantitative methods and tools to facilitate investigation of these topics is also encouraged.

Application deadline

The deadline for the 2019-20 academic year is now passed. The deadline for the 2020-21 academic year will be in the summer of 2020 and will be announced here.

How to apply

To nominate a student, the faculty sponsor should email a single PDF to The PDF should contain:

  1. A nomination letter from the faculty supervisor (2 pages max). The letter should highlight the strengths of the student, specify the graduate program they are enrolled in, and outline why their proposed research is well matched with the goals of the QIB training program (see above). For labs not traditionally working in a QIB supported area, projects involving experimental or theoretical collaborators are encouraged
  2. NIH Biosketch for the PI and any proposed collaborators
  3. One-page summary of the student’s proposed research plan, including specific aims, a brief description of any prior experience in quantitative research and methodology, and any specifics on what the student expects to gain from quantitative-oriented research
  4. Student’s current CV and transcript
  5. (Optional) Additional fellowships may be available for students from disadvantaged backgrounds. To be considered for these additional funds, the student must provide short (3-5 sentence) responses outlining their experiences in three of the seven areas outlined below. Responses should highlight how the applicant overcame barriers, and/or demonstrate a commitment to diversity.
    • Leadership (e.g. coordination of volunteer activities, board member in student organization, residential life, student government etc.)
    • Overcoming Adversity (e.g. overcoming educational, social, cultural, economic, barriers, or barriers related to accessibility, etc.)
    • Community Involvement(e.g. volunteer service, organizing, activism, teaching, mentoring, counseling, community art production etc.)
    • Social Justice Experience (e.g. addressing systemic inequality through education, organizing, activism, mentorship, counseling, outreach/access, survival and development work, event planning/coordination, community building and development, etc.)
    • Personal or Professional Ethics (e.g. experience with an ethical code, conduct seminars, IRB training, etc.)
    • Research (e.g. undergraduate research, involvement in McNair or similar programs, independent or group study with a professor or researcher, research outside of academia, full-time research after college, etc.)
    • Other (e.g. any other kind of experience or information that you feel will help add to creating a diverse spectrum of ideas, perspectives, and experiences


  • Take required courses
  • Participate in program-wide activities:
    • qBio seminar
    • QIB Retreat
    • Annual QIB symposium
  • Submit annual report on your research progress
Required courses

QIB Faculty

Kim Barrett

Barrett, Kim


Kim Barrett

Eric Bennett

Bennett, Eric

Cell & Developmental Biology

Bennett Lab

Ethan Bier

Bier, Ethan

Cell & Developmental Biology

Bier Lab

Kim Cooper

Cooper, Kim

Cell & Developmental Biology

Cooper Lab

Emma Farley

Farley, Emma

Molecular Biology

Farley Lab

Alex Groisman

Groisman, Alex


Groisman Lab

Jeff Hasty

Hasty, Jeff

Molecular Biology

Hasty Lab

Terry Hwa

Hwa, Terry


Hwa Lab

David Kleinfeld

Kleinfeld, David


Kleinfeld Lab

Karen Oegema

Oegema, Karen

Cellular Molecular Medicine

Oegema Lab

Wouter Rappel

Rappel, Wouter


Rappel Lab

Scott Rifkin

Rifkin, Scott

Ecology/Behavior & Evolution

Rifkin Lab

George Sen

Sen, George


Sen Lab

Gurol Suel

Suel, Gurol

Molecular Biology

Suel Lab

Phil Tsai

Tsai, Phil


qBio Hacker Lab

Massimo Vergasola

Vergassola, Massimo


Vergassola Lab


Elizabeth Villa

Villa, Elizabeth

Molecular Biology

Villa Lab

Karsten Zengler

Zengler, Karsten


Zengler Lab

Current QIB Fellows

Jessica Bloom

Bloom, Jessica

Biological Sciences

(Rifkin Lab)

Joanna Coker

Coker, Joanna

Medical School

(Zengler Lab)

Cong Dinh

Dinh, Cong

Biological Sciences

(Dutton Lab)

Rebecca Lau

Lau, Rebecca

Biomedical Sciences

(Corbett Lab)

Nicole Mlynaryk

Mlynaryk, Nicole


(Komiyama Lab)

Beverly Naigles

Naigles, Beverly

Biological Sciences

(Bier Lab)

Timothy Tyree

Tyree, Timothy


(Rappel Lab)