Wednesday, August 17, 2016

EASC Grad Forum Series

EASC Grad Forum series returns in the 2016-17 Academic Year as part of the Graduate Professionalization Series, co-sponsored by the Center for International Studies, East Asian Studies Center and Korean Studies Institute. This academic year, we present an expanded set of topics designed to provide USC graduate students with essential professionalization tools to help them embark on their academic careers, featuring faculty speakers from various USC graduate programs. The series is open to all USC graduate students. Please see this FLYER and details listed below.

Time Management
David Kang, Director of KSI and CIS | Professor of International Relations and Business
Monday, September 26, 2016  | 12:00PM - 1:30PM | SOS B40 | RSVP

Portfolio Management
Brett Sheehan, Director of EASC | Professor of History and East Asian Languages & Cultures
Monday, October 31, 2016 | 12:00PM - 1:30PM | SOS B40 | RSVP

Care and Feeding of Faculty Advisors
Patrick James, Professor of International Relations
Akira Lippit, Vice Dean of Faculty in SCA | Professor of Cinematic Arts, Comparative Literature and East Asian Languages & Cultures
Monday, November 28, 2016 | 12:00PM - 1:30PM | SOS B40 | RSVP

Work-Life Balance
David Kang, Director of KSI and CIS | Professor of International Relations and Business
Wendy Wood, Professor of Psychology
Monday, January 30, 2017 | 12:00PM - 1:30PM | SOS B40 | RSVP

Dissertation Writing
Brett Sheehan, Director of EASC | Professor of History and East Asian Languages & Cultures
Monday, February 27, 2017 | 12:00PM - 1:30PM | SOS B40 | RSVP

Funding Applications
Carol Wise, Associate Professor of International Relations
Sonya Lee, Associate Professor of Art History, East Asian Languages & Cultures, and Religion
Monday, March 27, 2017 | 12:00PM - 1:30PM | SOS B40 | RSVP

Job Search
Erin Baggott, Assistant Professor of International Relations
Edgardo Perez Morales, Assistant Professor of History
Monday, April 24, 2017 | 12:00PM - 1:30PM | SOS B40 | RSVP

Please RSVP at least a week before each workshop, if you would like to attend. We hope to see many of you there!


East Asian Studies Center
USC David and Dana Dornsife
College of Letters, Arts and Sciences
University of Southern California
3454 Trousdale Parkway, CAS 100
Los Angeles, CA 90089-0154
Tel: 213.740.2991 

Job opportunities in whole-cell modeling @ Mt Sinai in NYC

The Karr Lab at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai is seeking talented, ambitious researchers to help develop whole-cell computational models of individual cells, as well as new technologies to enable larger and more accurate whole-cell models.

Despite advances in molecular biology and genomics, we still do not understand the details of how phenotype arises from genotype. We are developing whole-cell computational models which comprehensively predict how behavior emerges from the molecular level by representing all of the biochemical activity inside cells. Our goal is to use whole-cell models to advance bioengineering and medicine. Our research is highly interdisciplinary, involving systems biology, genomics, bioinformatics, data integration, parallel simulation, and software engineering, and highly team-oriented.

Desired skills/experience
Because whole-cell modeling is highly interdisciplinary, we're looking for team members with a broad range of skills and experience:
•         PhD, MS, or BS in computational biology or related field
•         Strong experience dynamical modeling, genome-scale modeling, cell biology, genomics, bioinformatics, computer science, and/or software engineering
•         Strong desire to tackle challenging problems and deep commitment to innovation
•         Abilities to think creatively and integrate diverse concepts
•         Passion for biology, bioengineering, and medicine

More information
Please see our website ( or contact Jonathan Karr (

How to apply
Please send a cover letter outlining your research interests and a CV to Jonathan Karr (

Jonathan Karr
Assistant Professor
Institute for Genomics & Multiscale Biology
Department of Genetics & Genomic Sciences
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

Register for "Epigenetic Control and Cellular Plasticity" Symposium at UCI

The UCI Center for Epigenetics and Metabolism is hosting a Symposium titled "Epigenetic Control and Cellular Plasticity" on October 6-7, 2016 at the Beckman Center of the National Academies of Sciences and Engineering in Irvine, CA.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Register for the 4th Annual Research Symposium at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center

We would like to invite you to present your ongoing, basic and translational biomedical research at the 4th Annual Research Symposium at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.    Our annual symposium is planned and conducted entirely by the graduate student body here at Cedars-Sinai. It is our belief that this symposium, by students and for students, provides a unique opportunity to foster inter-institutional relations all across Southern California and throughout the state.

This year we are proud to present our keynote speaker, Jeffrey D. Rothstein MD, PhD. Dr. Rothstein is the John Griffin Director of the Brain Science Institute and professor of Neurology and Neuroscience at Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD, USA. He is the founder and director of the Robert Packard Center for ALS Research at Johns Hopkins, the largest collaborative academic organization dedicated towards understanding ALS and developing novel therapeutics.  Dr. Rothstein has made significant contributions to the scientific community, with over 250 peer reviewed publications and over a dozen patents on candidate drugs and biomarkers for ALS and Neurodegenerative Diseases. Dr. Rothstein will embody the spirit of this symposium through his work at the intersection of medical practice and medical research.

We invite all who are participating to share their work and submit an abstract of no more than 500 words as part of their registration.  This symposium caters towards both basic and translational biomedical research. Masters and PhD students are encouraged to present a poster of their research, and outstanding abstracts will be chosen for oral presentations.  Additionally, cash awards will be given out for best posters and presentations.  To register for the symposium and to submit an abstract, please go to and click REGISTER NOW on the home page.  Please see the flyer attached for additional information and where to submit questions or comments.

Thank you for your time and we hope to see you and your research this year.

- 2016 CSMC Graduate Student Association

Ryan Middleton, MS
Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute
8700 Beverly Blvd , 1094 Davis Bldg.
Los Angeles, CA 90048
310-423-8940 |

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Science & SciLifeLab Prize for Young Scientists Now Accepting Entries

We believe that excellent young researchers deserve a little extra attention and endorsement. If you are a recent PhD graduate, you could be the next winner of the Science & SciLifeLab Prize for Young Scientists.

Submissions are now open for 2016 entries.

Doctoral graduates may submit an essay based on their thesis work. Four
winners, in different categories, will be selected for this international award.

Application deadline: August 1, 2016

Categories: Cell and Molecular Biology | Ecology and Environment |
Genomics and Proteomics | Translational Medicine

Apply now for your chance to win the 2016
Science & SciLifeLab Prize for Young Scientists!

The winners will:
• Be published by Science
• Share 60,000 USD in prize money
• Be awarded in Stockholm, Sweden
  in December

Hear more about what the 2015 winners had to say about the prize.

Friday, June 17, 2016

Open Position: Lab Scientist, microbiome assay development

Hello hello!

First, for those of you who haven’t heard, I recently joined the small but mighty and growing ranks of Second Genome, a microbiome company out in the San Francisco area as a Bioinformatics Scientist [Shameless plug: Second Genome Solutions provides microbiome profiling research services for industry, clinical, govt and academic partners outside of the other drug-discovery/biotech activities.]

Second, the company is hiring for a number of positions and is especially looking for someone who can tackle protocol development and optimization for microbiome research (Laboratory Scientist, Microbiome Assay Development).  Note, this is primarily a wet-lab position, but knowledge/understanding of data analysis/bioinformatics will be useful too.  Please pass along this info to any potential MS- or PhD-level candidates. A complete description is below and applications can be submitted via:



Laboratory Scientist, Microbiome Assay Development
Location: South San Francisco, CADepartment: Second Genome
Type: Full Time
Min. Experience: Experienced

The Second Genome Solutions team is a group of passionate individuals driven to bringing insightful microbiome science to discovery research. We are seeking a motivated Laboratory Scientist ready to join a fast-paced work environment, with experience in a wide range of analytical and experimental techniques, to investigate microbial community composition and function.  The successful candidate shall be prepared to plan and execute initiatives to develop novel microbiome laboratory techniques and assays for advancing microbiome research in human health and disease.

The Laboratory Scientist shall also be responsible for:
Devising new microbiome applications through the stages of concept, feasibility, development, and commercialization to build a competitive advantage
On-going optimization of current assays and protocols to improve Second Genome’s overall microbiome profiling offering in terms of robustness, accuracy and scientific validity
Conducting detailed studies to validate new protocols and confirm process changes

This is an outstanding opportunity for an enthusiastic Scientist with the following key attributes and skills:
An MS (or higher) degree in Microbiology, Molecular Biology, Genetics or a related field
Minimum 3+ years experience working as a research associate or lab technician in a academic or industrial laboratory setting, preferably in microbiology research
Experience with next-generation sequencing (NGS) is a requirement, including operation of instrumentation (MiSeq, HiSeq, etc) as well as library preparation for a variety of applications (amplicon sequencing, shotgun sequencing, RNA-seq, etc)
Hands-on experience in a range of molecular biology techniques (e.g. DNA and RNA work; RT-PCR; qPCR; Sanger sequencing)
Experience in nucleic acid isolation techniques using manual and automated protocols
Custom assay development experience including concept design, optimization, and validation
Experience processing complex biospecimen samples, such as tissue, stool, swabs, soil and low biomass samples for molecular analysis work
Proven capacity to work independently in a startup environment, embracing cross-organizational collaboration with data analysts, project managers, sales, marketing and management
Excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to effectively communicate with end-users, customers and vendors
Methodical with good attention to detail and exceptional documentation skills
A passion to move the field of microbiome science forward through innovation in lab techniques and applications of genomic technologies

Other highly desirable skills/experience:
Experience working in a CLIA/GLP laboratory environment
Experience with basic genomic analysis software and bioinformatics tools
Experience with complex microbial community analysis and interpretation
Experience developing assays under ISO quality system and design control practices
Experience working with genomic microarray and data analysis

Friday, June 10, 2016

UPC Bioinformatics Day - Workshops and User Event - June 20

As we are getting close to starting a bioinformatics service for the University Park Campus research community, the NML Bioinformatics Service is pleased to present the UPC Bioinformatics Day event on Monday June 20.  The event consists of two workshops on RNA-seq experiment design and data analysis AND gene study using powerful literature and data mining tools; as well as a user session over lunch to discuss about your bioinformatics needs and how our service can support your research now and in the future.

UPC Bioinformatics Day Agenda

Time: Monday June 20, 8:30 am to 1 pm
Location: Learning Center, Wilson Dental Library (DEN 21)

Breakfast and lunch are provided for all registered attendees.

8:45 AM   Breakfast
9:00 AM—10:30 AM   Workshop #1: RNA-seq experiment design and data analysis

Part One--“Key considerations in RNA-seq experimental design”.  
Covering some of the most important issues in RNA-seq experiment preparation, we will help you avoid making common and costly mistakes in designing RNA-seq experiments.  

Part Two--“Analyze RNA-seq data with Partek Flow”
We will provide an overview on RNA-seq data analysis, with live demo of Partek Flow.  It is specifically designed for USC researchers who are planning RNA-seq experiments and/or already have RNA-seq data to be analyzed.

10:40 AM—Noon   Workshop #2: Gene study using powerful literature and data mining tools

Part One--“Know more about your genes WITHOUT reading literature”.  
We will showcase how you can leverage our bioinformatics tools to dramatically reduce your time spent on literature study while stay better informed and carry out more efficient research on the gene of your interests.      

Part Two--“Beyond Literature: Knowledge Discovery with Public Data Mining”.  

We will showcase how you can leverage our bioinformatics tools to effectively search for pre-analyzed public datasets and extract relevant information to support/refine your research hypothesis and findings.

Noon—1 PM   Lunch session: User needs discussion, Q&A on NML Bioinformatics Service

Please come to our workshops or just join us for the lunch session and let us know your bioinformatics needs and how can we support your research.
Registration is mandatory as the seating for this event is limited to 40 attendees.

The UPC Bioinformatics Day is funded by USC Libraries Dean’s Challenge Grant.

Please let us know if you have any questions.

Yibu Chen and Meng Li
Bioinformatics Service
Norris Medical Library
University of Southern California
323-442-3309 (Yibu)
323-442-3447 (Meng)