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STEM Focused Fieldtrips for K-12
CCBM welcomes local schools to visit UC Merced 
Lab Experience for High School and Undergraduate Level Students
biophysics, bioengineering & biochemistry
Training Modules for Graduate Students
Imaging/Spectroscopy, Computation & Modeling, Nanobio Fabrication
Science & Technology Enrichment Program
creating an infrastructure that enables research opportunities for high school students
Graduate & Undergraduate Level Education
training courses, research fellowships, summer internship program

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 minorities into STEM research.

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


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


high school research program focused on increasing the number and diversity of talented students & other special community-focused efforts

Featured News

October 19, 2018

UC Merced leaped nearly 30 places in the U.S. News and World Report Best Colleges rankings, and moved up 20 spots to No. 67 among national public universities. The university received high marks for...

Jonathan Daniel, who is working on a doctorate degree in Physics, is part of the Cal-Bridge program funded by NSF.
October 11, 2018

UC Merced is part of a concerted effort to dramatically increase diversity in physics and astronomy over the next five years. The campus is one of nine University of California campuses and 15...

October 6, 2018

On October 6th, the CCBM held the first CREST Scholars workshop of the Fall 2018 Semester! Our scholars got to meet the undergraduate lead, Sayantani Ghosh, who outlined the opportunities that...

September 18, 2018

UC Merced life and environmental sciences Professor Emily Jane McTavish and a collaborator at the University of Kansas recently received a $1.4 million grant from the National Science Foundation (...

Events and Happenings


UC Merced

On November 3rd, the CCBM will be hosting the next CREST Scholars workshop.

Granite Pass, 103

Are you a Natural Science or Engineering student and need to take physics for your major? Are you considering medical school? Consider taking your...

UC Merced Campus, SSB, COB, labs

The NSF-CREST Center for Cellular and Biomolecular Machines (CCBM) is holding its second annual open house and external advisory board meeting Monday...

UC Merced

On Monday, October 22, the NSF-CREST Center for Cellular and Biomolecular Machines will host its 2nd Annual CCBM Open House. The event will take...