SMB Digest Volume 18 Issue 28

July 11, 2018
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Issue’s Topics:
Conference: DE & Population Biology, Jul 23-27, U Alberta
ToC: LiB Special Issue on Tumor-Immune Dynamics …
NIH Update: Resources on Rigor, Council Review, Clinical…
PhD Position: Developmental Neurobiology, U Sheffield, UK
PhD Position: Theoretical Immunology, Utrecht U
Post-doc: Theoretical Biology, NIH
NSF: Joint DMS/NIGMS Initiative to Support Research at the…
SMBnet Reminders


From: Hao Wang <>
Date: Thu, Jul 5, 2018 at 8:34 PM
Subject: Conference: DE & Population Biology, Jul 23-27, U Alberta

Please note that all speakers and poster presenters have to register and
submit information of talk or poster before July 15.

For additional information, see


From: Amina Eladdadi <>
Date: Sun, Jul 8, 2018 at 2:54 PM
Subject: ToC: LiB Special Issue on Tumor-Immune Dynamics …

We are pleased to announce that our special issue on “Modeling
Tumor-Immune Dynamics, Disease Progression, and Treatment” is now
published in Letters in Biomathematics, Volume 5 Issue sup1 and is
available open access on:

Amina Eladdadi, Listte de Pillis, and Peter Kim


From: NIH Extramural Nexus (NIH/OD) <>
Date: Mon, Jul 9, 2018 at 8:07 PM
Resent-from: Raymond Mejía <>
Subject: NIH Update: Resources on Rigor, Council Review, Clinical…


Topics include Resources on Rigor, Council Review, Clinical Trials, and
Expiring Appropriations.


From: Alexander G Fletcher <>
Date: Mon, Jul 9, 2018 at 5:09 AM
Subject: PhD Position: Developmental Neurobiology, U Sheffield, UK

An exciting PhD project in developmental neurobiology is available at
the University of Sheffield, UK, under the supervision of Dr Alexander
Fletcher and Prof. Marysia Placzek. This project is on the development
of the hypothalamus, a brain structure with very similar anatomy across
vertebrate species. We know that the hypothalamus is very important for
mediating physiological homeostasis, yet its development remains poorly
understood. This interdisciplinary project will address how this
important structure is formed during development.

Please see here for further details:


From: Rob J de Boer <>
Date: Sun, Jul 8, 2018 at 5:08 PM
Subject: PhD Position: Theoretical Immunology, Utrecht U

PhD position Theoretical Immunology

We are looking for a PhD student (a Marie Curie Early Stage Researcher)
with a keen interest in combining bioinformatics and mathematical
modelling within immunology. Our aim is to analyze data on the dynamics
and repertoires of memory T cell subsets collected from the blood and
the bone marrow of volunteers. The experimental data are collected by
two other PhD students in Utrecht, and you are expected to collaborate
closely with them. Our main goal is to determine in which tissues T cell
memory is maintained, by which subsets of memory T cells, how long these
cells live, and where most of them are produced. Answering these
questions requires modeling the kinetic data, and bioinformatically
analyzing the repertoire data. At Utrecht University we have a
long-standing collaboration between modelers, bioinformaticians and
immunologists, which is formalized in the form of the Utrecht Center for
Quantitative Immunology (UCQI). This is an inspiring environment where
theoreticians and immunologists have learned to speak each other’s
language and collaborate intensively.

This PhD project is funded by QuanTII, which is a Marie Sklodowska-Curie
Innovative Training Network. Its primary objective is to train a new
generation of quantitative immunologists, who will be able to address
challenges arising in T cell Immunology and Immunotherapy. The QuanTII
Network will train a total of 15 Early Stage Researchers (ESRs) across
Europe, bringing together renowned European experimental and theoretical
scientists from private and academic institutions. The QuanTII
Fellowship offers a highly competitive and attractive salary and working
conditions. The successful candidate will receive a salary in accordance
with the Marie Sklodowska Curie regulations for early stage researchers.
Additional allowances to cover living costs and may be available.
Candidates must have experience with mathematical modeling and/or
bioinformatics, and have to be interested in biology (and preferably
immunology). You will work in a Theoretical Biology and Bioinformatics
(TBB) group working on various areas in biology.

To be eligible for this position you must have an MSc degree in an
appropriate discipline (such as Biology, Math or Physics), which you
obtained no more than 4 years ago. You should not have been resident or
have carried out your main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the
Netherlands for more than 12 months in the past 3 years. These
eligibility requirements are stipulated by the funder and are
non-negotiable. Please do not apply if you do not meet them.

How to apply
Please send your CV, along with a cover letter outlining your specific
qualifications and motivation for this position, including contact
information for at least one reference to: Prof.dr. Rob J. de Boer
( no later than August 18, 2018.


From: Periwal, Vipul (NIH/NIDDK) [E] <>
Date: Tue, Jul 10, 2018 at 7:53 AM
Subject: Post-doc: Theoretical Biology, NIH

Position Type: Postdoctoral Position at the NIH
Position Title: Theoretical biology

1. Theoretical systems biology, applying analytical and computational
methods to biological inference problems aimed at uncovering fundamental
biological principles and mechanisms that impact human health.
2. The Computational Medicine Section is part of the Laboratory of
Biological Modeling, a laboratory with a broad range of modeling
projects important for human health.
3. Strong computational skills.
4. Please email a curriculum vitae, names and contact information for at
least three individuals familiar with your research, and a statement of
research interests and future goals to Vipul Periwal,, with subject heading: Computational Medicine

Employer Name: National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney
Position Location: Bethesda, MD
Application Deadline Date: Until filled

The NIH is dedicated to building a diverse community in its training and
employment programs.


From: Henry Warchall <>
Date: Sun, Jul 8, 2018 at 2:34 PM
Subject: NSF: Joint DMS/NIGMS Initiative to Support Research at the…

An updated NSF program solicitation (NSF 18-566) is now available:
Joint DMS/NIGMS Initiative to Support Research at the Interface of the
Biological and Mathematical Sciences

Please see for details.

Full Proposal Window: October 1, 2018 – October 18, 2018

From the program solicitation:
This program is designed to support research in mathematics and
statistics addressing important questions in the biological and
biomedical sciences. A direct relationship between a biological
application and the mathematical and/or statistical work is required.
Research collaborations that include scientists from both the life
sciences community and the mathematical and statistical sciences
communities are preferred and encouraged. Proposals from single
investigators must make a compelling case that the individual has
necessary expertise in both mathematical and biological fields. This
program is designed to encourage new collaborations, as well as to
support innovative activities by existing teams.

Successful proposals will either involve the formulation of new
mathematical, computational, or statistical models and tools whose
analysis poses significant mathematical challenges or identify
innovative mathematics or statistics needed to solve an important
biological problem. Research that would apply routine mathematical or
statistical techniques to solve biological problems is not appropriate
for this competition and should be submitted directly to NIH. Similarly,
proposals with research in mathematics or statistics that is not tied to
a specific biological problem should be submitted to the appropriate DMS
program at NSF. Proposals designed to create new software tools based on
existing models and methods will not be accepted in this competition.


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