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The Program in Inter- disciplinary Biology and Biomedical Science is a cross- departmental, college and institutional collaboration of students and faculty interested in inter-disciplinary biological research.

HHMI Interfaces Scholars

George Bezerra George Bezerra '07-Present Computer Science
George's research interests comprise the self-organization and information processing in living systems. Read More
Paul Hooper Paul Hooper '06 - present Anthropology
Paul's research interests include cooperation and competition in human social networks, and explaining differences in social and political organization across societies. Read More
Wenyun Zuo Wenyun Zuo '06 - present Biology
Wenyun works on species-abundance relationship, environmental factors affecting species distribution, and ecological modeling for predicting potential distribution of species.Read More
Ziya Kalay Ziya Kalay '06 - present Physics
Ziya works on statistical physics and is interested diffusion-reaction systems.
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What is PIBBS? 
The Program in Interdisciplinary Biology and Biomedical Science is a cross- departmental, college and institutional collaboration of students and faculty interested in interdisciplinary biological research. It developed from earlier antecedents (funded by IGERT and Biocomplexity grants) and is now formally recognized by the university. The impetus for the program was the recognition that progressive on fundamental problems in biology and biomedical science requires the input of new ideas, methodologies, and investigative strategies from other disciplines, in particular, the physical sciences, engineering, and mathematics. Yet, few scientists are trained or possess the necessary skills to conduct effective interdisciplinary work. By offering training opportunities to graduate students that are cross and interdisciplinary, PiBBs aims to produce scientists that think broadly, deeply and creatively across traditional disciplines. PiBBs is currently developing a curriculum that will lead to a concentration in Integrative Biology as a formal recognition of participation in the program. Students will receive disciplinary Ph.D.’s in affiliated departments, but will take a core set of additional classes and participate in other activities designed to produce a highly interactive community of interdisciplinary scholars.
How do I get involved? 
There are two levels of involvement. Students can become “PiBBs affiliates” by simply enrolling and participating in PiBBs courses and activities. Affiliates are eligible for Student Enrichment Opportunity awards, able to propose and participate in Focus Groups, and other activities of PiBBs. They do not, however, receive stipend support, nor do they earn a concentration in Integrative Biology. Students interested in becoming fellows of the program apply (typically in their first year) and if accepted, will generally receive two years of stipend support. They are required to enroll and participate fully in the curriculum throughout their graduate career, and will earn a concentration in Integrative Biology. They are of course also eligible for Student Enrichment Opportunity awards, Focus Groups, and other funding. Fellows are also offered office space in PiBBs. Typically, PiBBs can support a total of ~12 students, drawn from the participating departments. 
What are the requirements for PiBBs fellows? 

PiBBs fellow are required to enroll in a core set of courses. These courses have been developed with the specific aim of 1) developing a common baseline of mathematical, computational and biological knowledge and skills necessary for successful interdisciplinary collaborations; 2) exposing students to the disparate ways in which various scientific disciplines tackle and solve scientific problems; 3) exposing students to the language, culture, technology, literature and different perspectives/approaches used by various disciplines; and 4) learning the communication, scientific and social skills necessary to work effectively in small interdisciplinary research teams. These include a fall topics course (TiBBs), a spring seminar course (SiBBs), a course in developing and teaching topical interdisciplinary biology courses (CiT). Additionally, fellows take an integrated course in professional development, including ethics, surviving graduate school, grantsmanship and other topics.

News and Events 

Congratulations to our 2010-11 PiBBs Fellows! Robbie Burger,-Biology, Jennifer Cabotage-Anthropology, Christian Gunning-Biology, Sarah Joyce-Anthropology, Drew Levin-Computer Science, Catherine Mitchell-Anthropology, Kathrin Spendier-Physics, and Shawn "Fred" Whiteman-Biology.