Arsuaga Vazquez Lab

Topological Molecular Biology lab at UC Davis

Month: May 2016

Congratulations to Judy, Maxime, Rachael and Lara

Congratulations to Judy Du on her acceptance to the Quantitative and Computational Biology program at Princeton University!

Congratulations to Maxime Pouokam on his acceptance to the Biostatistics program at UC Davis!

Congratulations to Rachael Phillips on her successful defense of her Master’s Thesis from San Francisco State University in Mathematics!

Congratulations to Lara Ibrahim on her award of a provost undergraduate fellowship! Her recent poster was accepted in the 2016 Stanford Research Conference for undergraduates. She has also presented in MIC 91/191.



Welcome to the Topological Molecular Biology Lab at UC Davis!

Our group is interested in applications of topological methods to understand the three dimensional organization of the genome in different organisms, to study genome rearrangements and copy number changes in cancer, and to model the action of enzymes such as recombinases and topoisomerases. We use a combination of mathematical and computational methods including tools from low-dimensional topology, computational knot theory, random knotting, algebraic topology, persistence homology, combinatorics, statistics, Monte Carlo methods and computer visualization.

We are deeply committed to promoting diversity in mathematics and the sciences. Our goal is to lead a truly interdisciplinary and vertically integrated group at the interface of mathematics and molecular biology. Find description of some of our research projects, our publications, and some of our dissemination and outreach efforts.

Mariel Vazquez will be awarded the 2016 Blackwell-Tapia Prize


Mariel Vazquez (UC Davis) will be awarded the 2016 Blackwell-Tapia Prize, which is given every other year in honor of David H. Blackwell and Richard A. Tapia, two mathematical scientists recognized for their research and inspiration to generations of African American, Latino/Latina, and Native American students of the mathematical sciences. The Blackwell-Tapia Prize recognizes a mathematician who has contributed significantly to research in his or her area of expertise, and who has served as a role model for mathematical scientists and students from underrepresented minority groups, or has contributed in other significant ways to addressing the program of underrepresentation of minorities in math. The prize will be presented at the Ninth Blackwell-Tapia Conference on Oct. 28-29, 2016, at the University of Knoxville, Tennessee. If needed, a limited amount of financial support for travel, lodging and registration will be available. Priority deadline to apply (follow the link above): Aug. 29, 2016

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