ISSN 1086-6566
JUNE 2, 2017


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Issue's Topics:  
  Workshop: CMISF, Nov 13, Kansas City
  Workshop: Environment and Evolution, Aug 2-4, Colombia
  NIMBioS Seeks Proposals for Innovator Workshops
  Science Policy News from AIBS
  WIREs Syst Biol Med Content Alert (New Articles)
  PhD position: Mathematical biophysics, UNSW Sydney
  PhD position: Cardiff University, UK
  Postdoc: Systems medicine, Stuttgart, Germany
  Postdoc: Multiscale modelling, University of North Dakota
  SMBnet Reminders


From: Filippo Castiglione <>
Date: Tue, May 30, 2017 at 4:30 PMSubject: Workshop: CMISF, Nov 13, Kansas City

1st international Workshop on Computational Methods for the Immune System
Function (CMISF 2017)
Kansas City, MO, USA - from Nov 13, 2017

and at the page (under the section "Workshops"):

To submit papers follow the link:


From: Gerard Olivar Tost <>
Date: Thu, May 25, 2017 at 2:46 PM
Subject: Workshop: Environment and Evolution, Aug 2-4, Colombia

We are glad to announce the 2017 edition of the International and
Interdisciplinary Workshop on Mathematical Modeling of Environment and
Evolution of Social and Life Processes.

The workshop will be held between 2 and 4 August 2017 in Manizales, Colombia.
For more information, see the webpage


From: Catherine Crawley <>
Date: Thu, Jun 1, 2017 at 6:27 PM
Subject: NIMBioS Seeks Proposals for Innovator Workshops

Got an innovative idea for transformative research? The National Institute for
Mathematical and Biological Synthesis (NIMBioS) seeks proposals for its new
Innovator Workshops, which aim to enhance understanding of important questions
at the intersection of biology and mathematics and to generate new approaches
for addressing them. Organized by active researchers in academia, government
or industry, Innovator Workshops at NIMBioS provide a dynamic, highly
interactive forum for the presentation and discussion of cross-disciplinary
research at the forefront of biological, mathematical, computational, and
social science. Over the course of 3 to 5 days, these workshops gather experts
in the field and provide outstanding networking opportunities. A key outcome
is the development of new collaborations.
Proposals are considered three times each year with deadlines on July 1,
November 1, and April 1. Researchers interested in organizing a workshop must
submit a formal application to NIMBioS describing the proposed topic and key
questions to be addressed. Besides submitting an application, organizers
identify and secure commitments from up to 4 primary presenters whose expenses
will be fully covered by NIMBioS. An additional 25 to 35 participants will be
identified through an open application process for approved workshops. These
additional participants cover their own expenses. We expect to have some
supplements for graduate students.

Innovator Workshops offer a more streamlined review process as opposed to our
traditional Investigative Workshops (

For full details on Innovator Workshops including the online proposal system,

Since 2009, NIMBioS has hosted more than 40 successful workshops with more
than 1,500 participants on a wide variety of topics driven by input from the
scientific community. Located at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville, near
the beautiful Smoky Mountains National Park, NIMBioS is an NSF-sponsored
initiative to foster interdisciplinary research at the interface between
mathematical and biological sciences. The institute's mission is to cultivate
cross-disciplinary approaches in mathematical biology and to develop a cadre
of researchers who address fundamental and applied biological problems in
creative ways. Additional support for NIMBioS comes from the University of

If you have questions or would like to discuss ideas about a possible
Innovator Workshop, please contact Dr. Sergey Gavrilets, NIMBioS Associate
Director for Scientific Activities, or Dr. Chris Welsh,
NIMBioS Deputy Director, 865-974-9334,


From: AIBS Public Policy Office <>
Date: Tue, May 30, 2017 at 6:21 PM
Subject: Science Policy News from AIBS

American Institute of Biological Sciences (AIBS) Public Policy Report.


From: Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews <>
Date: Thu, Jun 1, 2017 at 7:55 PM
Subject: WIREs Syst Biol Med Content Alert (New Articles)

Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Systems Biology and Medicine
© Wiley Periodicals, Inc.



From: Adelle Coster <>
Date: Mon, May 29, 2017 at 3:50 AM
Subject: PhD position: Mathematical biophysics, UNSW Sydney

PhD Scholarship Opportunity
Mathematical Biophysics: Single Molecule Fluorescence and Protein-Protein Binding
UNSW Sydney

The project aims to elucidate the molecular mechanisms that drive the
self-assembly of functionally distinct actin tropomyosin filaments using
mathematical modelling and single-molecule biophysics. Data from surface
chemistry, microfluidics and fluorescence microscopy will quantitate the
interactions between tropomyosins and actin filaments at high temporal
resolution. The project will determine binding kinetics, test models for
cooperativity, assess competition between tropomyosin isoforms and test
drugs disrupting the stability of the actin cytoskeleton. The outcome is
the first quantitative and predictive model of the actin cytoskeleton. The
work will reveal principles for co-assembly of specialised structures in the
crowded cellular environment.

The project is suitable for students with the equivalent of a first-class
honours in mathematics, physics, engineering or computer science. The
investigation is a part of the collaboration between Adelle Coster and Till
Böcking in the Faculty of Medicine - more details here. The studies will be
supervised by Adelle Coster, with co-supervision from Bruce Henry
(Mathematics) and Peter Gunning (Medicine).

UNSW Scientia PhD scholars are awarded a prestigious scholarship package of
$50,000 per annum, comprising a tax-free living allowance of $40,000 per
annum for 4 years, tuition fees for the full 4 year period, and a support
package of up to $10,000 per annum to provide financial support for career
development activities.

Please contact me by 21 July 2017 if you are interested in the opportunity.
You will also need to complete an online application at the Scientia
Scholarship website. Women, minorities and indigenous candidates are
encouraged to apply.


From: You Zhou <>
Date: Wed, May 31, 2017 at 9:31 PM
Subject: PhD position: Cardiff University, UK

A fully-funded 3.5yrs PhD Studentship (commencing in October 2017) is
available at the Cardiff University. The student will develop her/his
experimental biology and adipose physiology across Cardiff University and
University of Exeter, UK. Particularly, the student will work on clinical
data and samples of patients after bariatric surgery and develop a
translational skill set.

For further details and to apply, please see or
contact Dr Zhou (


From: Holger Perfahl <>
Date: Mon, May 29, 2017 at 7:25 PM
Subject: Postdoc: Systems medicine, Stuttgart, Germany

Post-doc position in Systems-Medicine: Agent-based Modelling of Vascular
Tumour Growth and Comparison to Imaging Data (Stuttgart, Germany)

A postdoctoral position is available at the Stuttgart Research Center
Systems Biology (SRCSB) in Germany. The successful candidate will work in
the development and implementation of agent-based models of vascular tumour
growth and their comparison to experimental imaging data from the medical
hospital in Tübingen. Therefore, candidates from the fields of mathematical
modelling and image analysis are welcome to apply. The fellowship is part of
the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) funded e:Med
initiative and the salary will be in group TVöD 13.

Applicants should possess a Ph.D. degree in Engineering, Physics, Computer
Science, Mathematics, or a related field. The candidate should have a strong
knowledge in mathematical modelling, image analysis and Fortran programming.

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Dr.h.c. Matthias Reuss
Universität Stuttgart
Stuttgart Research Center Systems Biology (SRCSB)


From: Turk Rhen <>
Date: Thu, May 25, 2017 at 2:19 PM
Subject: Postdoc: Multiscale modelling, University of North Dakota

The Research Lab of Dr. Turk Rhen seeks a highly motivated postdoc. Our
overarching goal is to understand mechanisms underlying organism-environment
interactions and genotype-environment interactions, which are ubiquitous in
nature. Such interactions have implications for problems as diverse as
predicting the impact of climate change on individual species and
understanding individual differences in susceptibility to environmental
causes of disease.

This position focuses on development of multi-scale models to link
"inside-the-skin" biological systems with "outside-the-skin" environmental
factors. The successful candidate will develop multi-scale models that
integrate genetic, epigenetic, and gene expression data for temperature-
dependent sex determination. Expertise in bioinformatics, computational,
and/or mathematical modeling is required. Excellent chance for individuals
with quantitative background to enter the life sciences.

Minimum Requirements/Qualifications: Ph.D. in Bioinformatics, Math, Computer
Science, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, or other quantitative field with good
programming skills. Must be able to multi-task and solve problems
creatively, with the ability to work independently as well as cooperatively
with an interdisciplinary team of biologists, chemists, computer scientists,
mathematicians, and physicists. Excellent oral and written communication
skills are required. The lab has at least 1.5 years of funding available.

Application Instructions: Interested candidates should send their CV, a
letter that describes their scientific interests and research experience,
and the names of three references to Dr. Turk Rhen at


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