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BaMBA 11 Biology and Mathematics in the Bay Area

Location: Genentech Hall, UCSF

Date: November 18th, 2017

Time: 9:00 am – 6:00 pm



BaMBA is a one-day meeting aimed at exploring the role of mathematics in biology in an informal atmosphere. Going beyond traditional applied mathematics, the topics include applications of algebraic, topological, statistical and computational methods. The goal is to encourage dialogue between researchers and students from different disciplines to promote the open exchange of scientific ideas and viewpoints.


Participation in BaMBA is free and open to everyone, but registration is required. Attendance is limited to 200 participants. The registration deadline is Monday November 13th, 2017. Undergraduates, graduates, and postdocs involved in mathematical and computational investigations of biological systems are invited to submit an abstract for a poster presentation.   

Please use this link to register for the meeting and submit a poster abstract: 



Polly Fordyce (Stanford University)

Nataša Jonoska (University of South Florida)

Tim Lewis (University of California Davis)

Marina Sirota (University of California San Francisco)

Josh Stuart (University of California Santa Cruz)


Organizing Committee

Javier Arsuaga (Mathematics and Molecular and Cellular Biology, UC Davis)

Sami Khuri (Computer Science, SJSU)

Michael Levitt (Computational Structural Biology, Stanford)

Mark Segal (Biostatistics, UC San Francisco)

Massa Shoura (Stanford School of Medicine, Fire lab)

Mariel Vazquez (Mathematics and Microbiology and Molecular Genetics, UC Davis)



UCSF Institute for Computational Health Sciences

Burroughs Wellcome Fund

UC Davis Mathematics Department

The DNA Topology table at Picnic Day 2017

This year the lab hosted the DNA Topology table outside the Math Sciences Building, open to the public for hands-on educational activities exploring the concepts behind DNA supercoiling, knotting and packaging.

AMS celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month

The America Mathematical Society celebrates Hispanic Heritage month, September 15–October 15! ((Latinos and Latinas) and Hispanics in the mathematical sciences) will feature a prominent Mathematician every day during Hispanic Heritage Month.  Today, Friday September 16, Dr. Mariel Vazquez is being featured.


Read more here hispanicheritage

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.


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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