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.     

News and Events

(Left to Right) - Luis Felipe Cedeno Perez, Shu Gong, Ben Doshna, Jianfeng Lin, Tre Thomas, Kseniia Shilova

The Quantitative Biosciences graduate program is thrilled to introduce this year’s class of first-year PhD students. These students are currently busy with two rotations this semester, as well as planning the 2024 Hands-On Workshop.

Simon Sponberg

NSF has awarded the interdisciplinary team six years of funding to support the Integrative Movement Sciences Institute. The Institute, which includes a Georgia Tech contingent of researchers led by Co-PI Simon Sponberg, aims to bridge research on muscles spanning the molecular level to the whole animal to understand dynamic locomotion.

An underwater photo of several sea cucumbers and fish surrounding coral.

In a first-of-its-kind study, researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology discovered that sea cucumbers — sediment-eating organisms that function like autonomous vacuum cleaners of the ocean floor — play an enormous role in protecting coral from disease. 

A human eye

Georgia Tech chemists are exploring the behavior of a complex protein associated with glaucoma — characterizing one of the largest amyloid-forming proteins to date. The study could lead to more treatment and prevention pathways for glaucoma, and other diseases associated with large, aggregating proteins.

Neha Garg

The Natural Products Reports Lectureship recognizes Garg’s outstanding research in the field of natural products: biological molecules that are responsible for medical innovations and new methods of treating disease caused by antibiotic-resistant pathogens. Garg’s research…

Abouzar Kaboudian and Flavio Fenton

It doesn’t have to be Valentine’s Day for Flavio Fenton to have the heart on his mind. Fenton has been fascinated by the human heart for 30 years.

Group Photo

Congratulations to our QBioS award winners for 2023, who were recognized at the Winter Party on December 6! 

Hawkmoth flight muscles exhibit delayed stretch activation, a hallmark of asynchronous flight.

Many insects fly synchronously, matching the nervous system pulses to wing movement. But smaller insects don’t have the mechanics for this and must flap their wings harder, which works only up to a certain point. That’s where asynchronous flight comes in.