Welcome to QBioS.  The Interdisciplinary Graduate Program in Quantitative Biosciences (QBioS) at Georgia Tech was established in 2015, our inaugural class of 9 Ph.D. students joined us in Fall 2016. In fall 2023, we welcome our eighth cohort, with 38 active Ph.D. students and 16 alumni. QBioS has more than 50 participating program faculty representing six participating Schools within the College of Sciences. We welcome applications from students interested in innovative research on living systems building upon a foundation of rigorous and flexible training. The QBioS program will prepare a new generation of researchers for quantitative challenges, new discoveries, and fulfilling careers at the interface of the physical, mathematical, computational and biological sciences. Apply by December 1, 2023 to join the class of students entering the QBioS Ph.D. program in August 2024.     

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3D computer-generated rendering of a whole influenza (flu) virus

A newly funded research project, going underway at the Georgia Institute of Technology, might one day lead to the development of a pill or capsule able to boost the effectiveness of traditional vaccines against influenza, which kills as many as 52,000 people and leads to hundreds of thousands of hospitalizations a year in the United States.

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Information Coding and Structural Motifs in Spiking Neural Networks

Cassie Shriver

Mechanics and Morphology of Mammalian Climbing with Applications for Conservation

Profiles of two eastern African elephants walking side by side. (Photo: Jess Hunt-Ralston)

The new research reveals how environmental changes disrupted mammal communities and highlights the urgent need for targeted conservation efforts to protect vulnerable species.

Chris Zhang

Reexamining Fundamental Assumptions of the Type VI Secretion System

Pseudomonas aeruginosa clumps grown in synthetic cystic fibrosis sputum.

People with weakened immune systems are at constant risk of infection. Pseudomonas aeruginosa, a common environmental bacterium, can colonize different body parts, such as the lungs, leading to persistent, chronic infections that can last a lifetime – a common occurrence in people with cystic fibrosis.

Snowflake Yeast

"An Experiment Repeated 600 Times Finds Hints to Evolution’s Secrets." Ratcliff and Yunker groups show that snowflakes of yeast in a lab offer insights into how life on Earth transitioned from single-celled into multicellular organisms.
Centipedes are known for their wiggly walk. With tens to hundreds of legs, they can traverse any terrain without stopping.

Intrigued to see if the many limbs could be helpful for locomotion in this world, a team of physicists, engineers, and mathematicians at the Georgia Institute of Technology are using this style of movement to their advantage. They developed a new theory of multilegged locomotion and created many-legged robotic models, discovering the robot with redundant legs could move…