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Evgeny Kvon, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Developmental & Cell Biology; Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Wei Li, Ph.D.

Endowed Chair and Professor of Bioinformatics, Biological Chemistry

Jing Zhang, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Computer Science


CMCF Fellows awarded the 2020 NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP):  * Trini Nguyen      * Remy Vu

Students Carmen Al Masri and Yi Dai received a CCBS Opportunity Award with Drs. Jin Yu and Jing Zhang titled: “Connecting Oncogenic Transcription Factor Myc-Max Search Dynamics on DNA with its Genome Association Profiling.

Dr. Jin Yu received the Oak Ridge Leadership Cimputing Facility (OLCF)’s High-Performance Computing (HPC) Award.


Dr. Jin Yu awarded NSF grant to study antiviral drugs as a cure for COVID-19

The project utilizes large-computer simulations to dissect how drugs like Remdesivir (RDV) traget RNA-dependent RNA polymerase from SARS-CoV-2 (or COV-RdRp).

Dr. Tim Downing received $3 million NSF grant for epigenetics research

Dr. Downing led a multi-school, joint grant with Drs. Elizabeth Read, Andrew Spakowitz, and Alistair Boettiger that seeks to investigate the dynamic nature of the epigenome with future relevance for cellular engingeering.


As COVID-19 continues to spread in the U.S., CMCF fellows remain resilient, continuing to pursue their research, classes, meetings, and conferences safely from home.

The 2nd annual UCI Early Career Researcher Symposium brought together CMCF fellows from across the nation despite shelter-in-place!

2020 MathBioU/ Math ExpLR Celebrates Participants

  • 9 Faculty
  • 8 Research Projects/Teams
  • 9 Undergraduate Students
  • 15 High School Students

Drs. German Enciso and Alessandra Pantano hosted a virtual reunion for classes of 2018, 2019 and 2020, where previous program participants shared their experiences and advised current participants on their research projects.


Upcoming Events

3rd Annual Symposium on Multiscale Cell Fate, TBD

Virtual CMCF Social Hour, TBD

Keep your eyes peeled for emails about the next upcoming virtual social hour and venting sessions.

Nature Masterclasses, On Demand

UCI students/employees get free access to Nature Masterclass: online training for researchers to learn how to write, review and publish.

GPS-STEM YouTube Channel, On Demand

Watch recorded career and professional development events, Life Beyond the PhD webinars, and Career Nights.

Presented by the CMCF Newsletter Team: Morgan Dragan, Raul Ramos, Honglei Ren (from left to right)