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Biomolecular Machines
Proteins are true cellular nanomachines that perform sophisticated biological functions by self-assembling into dynamic 3D structures that use thermal energy to change shape in response to specific...
Macromolecular Assemblies and Hybrid Devices
The high rate of discovery in nanotechnology is permitting us to realize nanomaterials with interesting new properties that can be used for building hybrid devices in conjunction with biomolecules.
Cellular and Multicellular Systems
Differentiating Tissue: This sub-project is a targeted effort to understand, quantify, and direct cell-to-cell and mechanical signaling in differentiating stem cell populations.
Lab Experience for High School and Undergraduate Level Students
biophysics, bioengineering & biochemistry
Science & Technology Enrichment Program
creating an infrastructure that enables research opportunities for high school students

CCBM Highlights

Learn about CCBM's mission - watch video

CCBM Summer Internship Program (C-SIP): Applications now open!

Nature Communications paper with center affiliates Victor Muñoz and Mourad Sadqi

CCBM faculty member Yue Jessica Wang awarded NSF CAREER Award!

The NSF CREST Center for Cellular and Biomolecular Machines was established with a $5 million grant from the National Science Foundation and brings together more than a dozen faculty members from multiple units across campus, including bioengineering, physics, chemistry and chemical biology, materials science and engineering. Researchers are studying how biological matter like proteins or cells come together to perform specific tasks, in hopes of eventually being able to engineer and develop innovations ranging from designer cells and tissue to novel diagnostic and therapeutic devices. The CCBM also hosts an integrated, interdisciplinary training program for graduate students that emphasizes physical and biological components and research and training experiences for undergraduate and high school students to enhance the recruitment of underrepresented groups into STEM research.

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Research

physics, bioengineering, materials science, quantitative biology, applied mathematics, chemistry and chemical biology forming a diverse, interdisciplinary research community with a common vision

Education

nurturing teamwork, creativity, versatility and entrepreneurship for undergraduate and graduate students with a special emphasis on technical training 

Outreach

K-12 programs focused on increasing the number and diversity of talented students in STEM fields & other special community-focused efforts

Featured News

Bioengineering professor Eva de Alba in her lab with her students and postdoctoral scholar. Students in back row: Pedro Diaz-Parga, Arturo Gonzalez, Suzanne Sandin, Kevin Ramirez and Christopher Randolph. Front Row: Meenakshi Sharma and Eva de Alba.
January 13, 2020

Everyone has inflammation in their body at some point as it is a vital part of the immune system. It’s what happens when white blood cells flow to a wound, whether that is a bruise or a broken bone....

Professor Sarah Kurtz's research in comparing the efficiency of different solar-cell technologies when installed on car roofs could advance efforts to use solar panels on electric cars to recharge their batteries.
January 6, 2020

Not spending money on gas, oil changes, and tune-ups and not producing harmful greenhouse gas emissions is enough to sell many people on plug-in electric cars. But many consumers won’t bite until...

Professor Sarah Kurtz's research in comparing the efficiency of different solar-cell technologies when installed on car roofs could advance efforts to use solar panels on electric cars to recharge their batteries.
January 6, 2020

Not spending money on gas, oil changes, and tune-ups and not producing harmful greenhouse gas emissions is enough to sell many people on plug-in electric cars. But many consumers won’t bite until...

December 19, 2019

Resource allocation isn’t just a problem for humans preparing a holiday dinner, or squirrels storing up nuts for the winter. It can actually affect the size of an animal or whether it procreates,...

Events and Happenings

Sep
25
The annual Open House and EAB Meeting showcases the center's research, education, and outreach efforts at UC Merced. Highlights include a keynote...
Feb
14

Seattle, WA

The center will highlight its K-12 and community-focused broader impacts programs and activities at the upcoming meeting.
Feb
05

Washington, D.C.

The annual meeting brings together leadership from the NSF Centers of Research Excellence in Science and Technology with program officers and staff...
Jan
29

Science and Engineering Building 1, 298

This workshop is presented by the WSTEM club to introduce different undergraduate and graduate opportunities both on and off campus. This will...