What is QBB?

Emphasizing Quantitative Bioscience & Biomedical Engineering provides graduate students with backgrounds in the Physical, Mathematical, Computational or Engineering Sciences opportunities to employ their skills in the study of biology. This focus area also allows those with Life Science training, newly exposed to quantitative technologies, to transition towards research that uses these technologies or that develops new applications. Because undergraduate students are unlikely to have extensive training in both the analytical skills and the biological skills, we encourage outstanding students in either the quantitative or biological disciplines with a desire to learn the other to apply. Our curriculum has the flexibility to allow students extend themselves in areas of strength, while filling gaps in newer arenas.

Programmatically, a QBB emphasis can be undertaken by students pursuing a Ph.D. in any of four programs: Biomedical Engineering; Biochemistry & Molecular Biology; Molecular & Medical Genetics; or Physiology & Pharmacology. QBB-focused students follow a modified curriculum that includes two specially designed courses covering principles and use of modern biophysical instrumentation, quantitative data analysis, computer programming, and biological modeling: CONJ 670 and CONJ 671. Course electives allow space for QBB courses.

Students pursuing a QBB emphasis are able to work with any Graduate Faculty member approved by their degree granting program. Some of these faculty who are actively associated with the QBB emphasis area are listed here.