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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

Register: 2019 CCBM Open House, Friday, September 27, 2019, at UC Merced

CCBM Faculty, Linda Hirst and Kevin Mitchell, featured in Physics World

3rd Annual CCBM Open House / External Advisory Board Meeting Friday, September 27

2019 CCBM Workshop on Emerging Themes in Cellular and Biomolecular Machines, Friday/Saturday, November 8-9, 2019

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


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

Featured News

Scientific equipment for making solar cells
September 18, 2019

Two UC Merced physics groups are totally spacing out this year. Professors Sayantani Ghosh and David Strubbe and their students in the Department of Physics are working on a NASA initiative to...

August 30, 2019

Six faculty members have been named this year’s Hellman Fellows — two from each of UC Merced’s schools. The 2019-20 winners are: • Professor Anna E. Beaudin, Department of Molecular and Cell Biology...

August 13, 2019
CCBM Executive Director, Carrie Kouadio, was interviewed by KYOS radio show host, Roger Wood, on the "Community Conversations" show where she highlighted the CCBM summer programs geared towards K-12...
August 12, 2019
Research from CCBM faculty was recently highlighted in Physics World: "Topological defects in the structure of materials known as active nematics can act as rods that mix the fluids – much like one...

Events and Happenings


Off Campus

RadioBio presents ValleyBio, a night of community where you can discover your curiosity through local science, art and food. Once a year, we come...
Center for Cellular and Biomolecular Machines 3rd Annual CCBM Open House Friday, September 27, 2019 UC Merced, 5200 North Lake Road...

UC Merced Campus, Arts and Computational Sciences Building, Room 120

Everyone is invited to a screening of the documentary "Beyond the Brink," featuring UC Merced researchers, and dealing with California water and...
The CCBM will host free Scientific Writing Workshops for CCBM faculty, project scientists and graduate students on Wednesday, September 4 and...