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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 groups 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

January 16, 2019
CCBM Scholar from the Hirst Lab, Dimitrius Khaladj, will be joining NASA’s Langley Research Center this summer! Congratulations on your internship, Dimitrius!
December 5, 2018
On Monday, November 26, 2018, CCBM affiliates watched a livestream of an EBICS-hosted event where Dr. Nigel Goldenfeld discussed collective behavior of complex systems and the new laws of physics...
2018 Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students
December 3, 2018
CREST Scholar, Brenda Yu, receives the Best Oral Presentation Award at 2018 ABRCMS in Indianapolis, IN.
November 20, 2018
Congratulations to CCBM Fellow, Lian Wong (McCloskey lab), for successfully defending her thesis, "Mechanical Signaling and Patterning Stem Cell-derived Vascular Cells" at UC Merced on Tuesday,...

Events and Happenings


UC Merced Campus

The UC Systemwide Bioengineering Symposium is and annual event where faculty, staff members and students from the departments of bioengineering/...


Thrust 2 Meeting Monday, February 11 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM Room: SE2-224


Thrust 3 Meeting Monday, January 28 1:30 PM – 2:30 PM SE2-224


Thrust 1 Meeting Tuesday, January 22 2:30 PM – 4:30 PM SE2-224   "Protein Metamorphosis: Biology, Biophysics and...