The SSPB Graduate Program, housed in the Institute of Biosciences and Bioengineering (IBB), is designed to provide students the knowledge and tools that they will need to solve hard biological questions and to apply their discoveries to the development of biotechnologies that transform agriculture, electronics, energy, the environment, information storage, medicine, and manufacturing.
The SSPB Graduate Program was established collaboratively by faculty in Natural Sciences and Engineering. This interdisciplinary program now includes 40 faculty from 10 departments, with more than 40 students enrolled in the program. SSPB continues to grow as Rice University invests in faculty growth in this research topic.
Systems, Synthetic, and Physical Biology is a rapidly growing field that has the potential to transform every aspect of society. Rice University has been investing in these areas for over a decade by hiring faculty, establishing the NSF Center for Theoretical Biological Physics, and building core infrastructure that enables SSPB-type of research.
The SSPB curriculum is designed to provide students a strong foundation in the life sciences and the skills needed to integrate biological inquiry with rigorous, quantitative mathematics and physics. To support training across these topics, our students take three Core Courses, at least three Advanced Elective Courses, and two Open Elective Courses.
Undergraduates can get involved in SSPB research through summer undergraduate programs, research for credit in faculty labs, and the Rice IGEM team. Exceptional Postdoctoral Scholars can apply to train with SSPB faculty through the prestigious Rice University Academy Fellows program, which supports creative research endeavors.
PEDRO J.J. ALVAREZ, PhDCivil & Environmental Engineering, ChemistryAlvarez Lab
GANG BAO, PhDBioengineeringLaboratory of Biomolecular Engineering and Nanomedicine
MICHAEL DIEHL, PhDBioengineeringDiehl Lab
OLEG A. IGOSHIN, PhDBioengineeringCellular Systems Dynamics Lab
LYDIA E. KAVRAKI, PhDComputer ScienceKavraki Lab
MAREK KIMMEL, PhDStatistics
NATASHA KIRIENKO, PhDBiosciencesKirienko Lab
MICHAEL H. KOHN, PhDBiosciencesMichael Kohn Lab
ANATOLY B. KOLOMEISKY, PhDChemistryKolomeisky Research Group
JIANPENG MA, PhDBioengineering
CAROLINE A. MASIELLO, PhDEarth, Environmental and Planetary SciencesMasiello Lab
LUAY K. NAKHLEH, PhDComputer ScienceNakhleh Lab
XAQ PITKOW, PhDElectrical and Computer EngineeringXaq Pitkow Lab, Neuroscience, BCM
ROBERT RAPHAEL, PhDBioengineeringMembrane and Auditory Bioengineering Group (MAB)
SUSAN M. ROSENBERG, PhDBiosciences, AdjunctMolecular and Human Genetics, BCM
KA-YIU SAN, PhDBioengineeringMetabolic Engineering and Systems Biotechnology Laboratory
YOUSIF SHAMOO, PhDBiosciencesShamoo Laboratory
Jerzy Szablowski, PhDBioengineeringLaboratory for Noninvasive Neuroengineering
ARYEH WARMFLASH, PhDBiosciencesWarmflash lab @ Rice