• 12/04/14 - Prefessor Qing Nie elected a Fellow of the American Physical Society (APS)

    Professor Qing Nie recently was elected as a Fellow of the American Physical Societ (APS). Election to Fellowship in the American Physical Society is limited to no more than 0.5% of the membership in the American Physical Society. The criterion for election is exceptional contributions to the physics enterprise; e.g., outstanding physics research, important applications of physics, leadership in or service to physics, or significant contributions to physics education. Fellowship is a distinct honor signifying recognition by one's professional peers.

    The citation of his fellowship reads:

    "For groundbreaking work on the application of mathematical and computational methods to important problems in systems biology."

    Qing Nie named Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science(AAAS)

    An commentary article on PNAS March issue titled "Collective Dynamic of Stem Cell Polulations" by Ben D. MacArthur studied our recnt paper "A Mathematical Model of Adult Stem Cells Regeneration with Crosstalk between Genetic and Epigenetic Regulation" . The commentary states, "Lei st al. outline a general mathematical framework that applies tools from optimization theory to understand stem cell dynamics..... This approach provides fresh perpective on some well-known phenomena."

    In the News: UC Irvine Mathematicians, Princeton Ecologist Publish Intriguing Stem Cell Findings in PNAS
    Just as humans decide how much of their wealth to spend versus passing it on to their children, stem cells may divide and re-create based on whether it’s more important for them to conserve their genetic identity or pass along a portion of other, nongenetic information to the next generation, according to a paper published today in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The novel approach modeled in the paper is the result of a unique collaboration between UC Irvine mathematicians and Simon Levin, a Princeton University ecologist who’s a distinguished visiting professor with UC Irvine’s Institute for Mathematical Behavioral Sciences and Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology. “It’s a really interesting breakthrough integrating knowledge from biology, applied math and economics,” said co-author Qing Nie, a UC Irvine math professor whose former postdoctoral fellow Jinzhi Lei (now at Tsinghua University in Beijing) is lead author. The findings could be valuable in the development of lifesaving stem cells. (UCI Press)
    The paper is also hightlighted in the PNAS's Early Edition issue for the month of March.

    Qing Nie named Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science(AAAS)

    Dr. Qing Nie was recently named fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). He was selected for his work related to the field of systems biology and for developing pioneering educational programs for training students in mathematical and systems biology. "I’m excited and honored to be elected fellow of AAAS," says Professor Nie. "This acknowledgement is also a testament to UCI’s strengths in both research and education at the interface between mathematics and biology." Election as an AAAS Fellow is an honor bestowed upon AAAS members by their peers.
    This year, 388 members have been awarded this honor by AAAS for their scientifically or socially distinguished efforts to advance science or its applications. Click here to read the formal announcement. The award ceremony was held at the 2014 AAAS Annual Meeting in Chicago in mid February.

    Article Featured on the Cover of ACS Synthetic Biology
    Research paper published by Meng Chen, Liming Wang, Chang C. Liu and Qing Nie from UCI is featured on the cover of the October issue of ACS Synthetic Biology entitled: "Noise Attenuation in the ON and OFF States of Biological Switches." The paper describes a new theory for attenutating noise in biological systems. In the accompanying podcast Professor Nie discusses the paper's findings and impact.
    Seth Figueroa Awarded NSF Graduate Student Fellowship
    Seth Figueroa, a Ph.D. student from Dr. Nie's group, was awarded a 2012 National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship (GRF) on July 24, 2012. The NSF-GRF fellowship consisting of an annual stipend of $30,000 for three years is considered to be one of the most prestigious graduate research fellowships in US. The title of Seth Figueroa's NSF-GRF application is “Modeling and Simulating Tissue Growth with Stem Cells”. Seth Figueroa received B.S. in double majors of Mathematics and Biomedical Engineering from Tulane University in 2011. Seth will study spatial dynamics of multistage cell lineages and stem cell niches.
    Novel Morphogen Modeling Theory Paper Receives Best Publication Award

    Lei, Wan, Lander and Nie win the 2011 best paper award for the journal: Discrete and Continuous Dynamical Systems (DCDS) - Series B. The paper (Jinzhi Lei, Frederic Y. M. Wan, Arthur D. Lander and Qing Nie, Robustness of signaling gradient in drosophila wing imaginal disc, 2011, Vol 16 no. 3, p835 – 866) provides a novel mathematical theory on robustness of morphogen systems, showing several biological insights on developmental patterning.

    The award, established this year and presented for the first time, consists of a prize of $2000 and a plaque. The award presentation was made at the 9th AIMS Conference on Dynamical Systems, Differential Equations and Applications held at Orlando, Florida, USA July 1 - 5, 2012.

    - CMCB Director Qing Serving as Acting MCB Director for the Fall Quarter 2010
    Dr. Qing Nie, current Associate Director of the MCB Program, will serve as Acting MCB Program Director, beginning September 7, 2010, as Dr. Frederic Wan will be on sabbatical leave during this coming fall quarter.

    The 2nd UCIrvine Mathematical Systems Biology symposium -- Collective Dynamics in Biological Systems will be held on January 11th and 12th, 2010. Contact Qing Nie ( or visit for more information.

    1/1/09 The Center for Mathematical and Computational Biology (CMCB) at the UC Irvine is looking for two to three postdoctoral fellows. Appointments will be effective on July 1, 2009, or later.

  • 2/28/08 The very first UCIrvine Symposium on Mathematical Systems Biology was held on February 28th and 29th, 2008. The theme was on "Spatial Dynamics of Growth and Signaling". Click here for detail information.

  • 11/19/07 Our recent research shows for the first time how embryonic cells may regulate levels of retinoic acid, giving scientists insight into how it acts as a signal between cells to control development of the brain, limbs and many other tissues in embryos. The study appears Nov. 20 in the journal Public Library of Science Biology. Click here for UCI press release.

  • 8/1/07 UCI awarded $14.5 million P50 grant from NIH to support systems biology center. Our reasearch group is a major participant of this program. Click here for UCI press release.

  • 11/06 UCI receives "animal patterning' grant from NIH

  • 03/06 Biology and Mechanics: Applications of Mathematics and Computation Conference, May 25-27th at Beckman Center.

  • 03/06 Announcing the launch of the website for The Center for Mathematical and Computational Biology (CMCB).

  • 11/05 UCI receives funding to create first interdisciplinary Ph.D. program integrating instruction across five schools

  • 11/05 UCI received a $1M Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) grant

  • 06/05 Nie receives $1.2M to study Cell Signaling.
  • 06/05 Nie Named Chancellor's Fellow.