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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

November 13, 2018

Imagine exploring the cores of stars to understand — and ultimately control — the type of fusion that’s taking place. High-energy density (HED) science is the study of properties and behavior of...

November 9, 2018

Stanford Biosciences is comprised of seventeen PhD programs, fourteen of which have a shared application and funding model. Students pursuing their PhDs in the Biosciences at Stanford are...

Tal Danino presents at the UC Merced Center for Cellular and Biomolecular Machines open house
November 5, 2018

Cutting-edge biomedical engineering research and science communication through artistic collaboration were among the highlights at UC Merced’s Center for Cellular and Biomolecular Machines (CCBM)...

October 31, 2018

The Science and Technology Enrichment Program at UC Merced provides high school students or recently graduated high school students with hands-on research experience and mentoring by CCBM-affiliated...

Events and Happenings


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On December 1st, the CCBM will be hosting the next CREST Scholars workshop.

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Thrust 1 Meeting Wednesday, November 28 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM SE2 390


Dr. Nigel Goldenfeld holds a Center for Advanced Study Professorship and a Swanlund Endowed Chair at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign,...

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Thrust 3 Meeting Thursday, November 15 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM SE1 390 Agenda: Pooja Chopra Jose Zamora     Please...