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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

Daniel Beller and colleagues published a paper on last week’s cover of Science. Read overview: "Research Reveals Collective Dynamics of Active Matter Systems"

Joel Spencer's work on imaging, published in Nature, profiled in UC Merced At A Glance

CCBM Highlighted in UC Merced Publication, features latest center highlights

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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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Featured News

Grad Slam showcases and awards the best three-minute research presentations by graduate students.
April 6, 2020

Although COVID-19 has changed everyone’s plans this spring, Graduate Division staff members rallied to make sure the campus’s annual Grad Slam competition — showcasing graduate student research —...

March 19, 2020

UC Merced graduate students, Md. Mehdi Masud and Akshay Paropkari, will travel this summer to attend the prestigious 70th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings, an invitation-only gathering in Lindau,...

Electrical Engineering, within the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Graduate Group at UC Merced, was ranked No. 129 by U.S. News, up 32 places from No. 161 last year.
March 17, 2020

U.S. News & World Report has ranked six of UC Merced’s engineering graduate programs in its 2021 Best Graduate Schools rankings released today, a sign that the university’s reputation is...

March 10, 2020

Flocks of starlings producing dazzling patterns across the sky are natural examples of active matter — groups of individual agents coming together to create collective dynamics. In a study featured...

Events and Happenings

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

Classroom and Office Building 2, 130

Unfortunately, this year's Pellissier lecture has been canceled.

The Pavilion, NA

During Research Week, RadioBio -- a graduate student-run podcast that discusses biology from molecules to ecosystems -- wanted to showcase the lives...

California Room

Five Sierra Nevada Research Institute scientists will present their work on climate change solutions at "Research Contributions Addressing Climate...