2019 Event

2019 COMBINE Annual Symposium
On Network Biology

Wednesday, May 15, 2019
11 am- 2:30 pm
Pepco Seminar Room KEB1105 and KEB Rotunda
Jeong H.Kim Engineering Building

COMBINE (Computation and Mathematics for Biological Networks) is a University of Maryland NSF Research Traineeship (NRT) program. COMBINE is an innovative, cross-disciplinary program that trains graduate students to integrate methods from computational, physical, and mathematical sciences to gain insights into the principles governing living systems.  The COMBINE program utilizes a network-based, data-driven approach and is usually undertaken alongside a PhD degree program in Computer, Mathematical, Physical, or Life Sciences. (Interested candidates from other degree programs are also welcome to apply.)

COMBINE fellows have access to advanced interdisciplinary coursework, travel funding for conferences, career development resourcesinternship opportunities with partner participants, and cross-disciplinary mentoring. One-year NSF-funded stipends ($34,000) are available on a competitive basis.

At the Annual COMBINE Symposium, current COMBINE fellows will showcase their research, and COMBINE faculty will be available to discuss research opportunities for current UMD PhD students interested in joining the Fall 2019 COMBINE cohort.


  • 11:00am-12:15pm
    • Overview of the COMBINE program by Dr. Michelle Girvan the Program Director
    • 2 Short Talks by COMBINE Faculty
    • 5 Short talks by COMBINE graduate fellows
  • 12:15-12:45pm
    • Faculty Lightning Talks (“Research not yet in progress”)
  • 12:45-1:45pm
    • Lunch and Poster session with COMBINE graduate fellows
  • 1:45-2:30pm
    • Panel on navigating an interdisciplinary postdoc career path