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Jonathan Eisen and his colleagues constructed a phylogenetic tree of a family of enzymes that are involved in repairing DNA damage caused by ultraviolet irradiation. The tree made use of a dataset of enzyme sequences from public sequence databases as well as new sequences generated as part of the Sorcerer II Global Ocean Sampling expedition. Image from Yooseph et al. 2007, PLoS Biology 5(3), e16 doi:10.1371/journal.pbio.0050016.

Come CLIMB with us!

The Collaborative Learning at the Interface of Mathematics and Biology (CLIMB) program emphasizes hands-on training using mathematics and computation to answer state-of-the-art questions in biology.

What is CLIMB?

  • a one year research-training program for UC Davis students in mathematical sciences or biology
  • coursework, seminars, and mentoring in September through June
  • full-time collaborative research over the summer
  • a chance to learn quantitative tools, enhance your biological knowledge, and conduct research as a member of an interdisciplinary team

CLIMB undergraduate trainees will receive a stipend of up to $8,900 over the course of the year-long program.

Great news!

Professor Richard Grosberg, one of the faculty leaders of the CLIMB program, just received the UC Davis Prize for Undergraduate Teaching and Scholarly Achievement!


Karin Higgings/UC Davis

This award, given to one UC Davis faculty member each year, recognizes exceptional contributions in both undergraduate teaching and research. Read more about Rick, his work, CLIMB, and how he helps students learn how to "ask the right questions" in the campus news article.

For additional information

  • contact our Academic Coordinator, Carole Hom, at the address below. CLIMB currently is not active but we hope to fund the program again soon. Carole is collecting student contact information.
  • enroll in BIS 132, Introduction to Dynamic Models in Biology, in Fall 2012, CRN 15242. For more info, see the course flyer

If you have questions not answered here, contact our academic coordinator, Carole Hom, at clhom at ucdavis dot edu.

"Being able to work on the cutting edge in an interesting field is leaps and bounds above any class I've taken. Applying all the things that they just tell you about in school brings it all home. Getting to know the researchers has helped me figure out that this is what I want to do in my life, and also has given me the confidence to talk to experts and get myself out there...Undergraduate research is a great strength at UC Davis."

Vincent Ramey, Class of 2005
Genetics major and QBB minor