Incoming MCSB students will be given 3-4 week "bootcamps" in biology, mathematics and/or computation, during the period just prior to the start of the fall quarter. These intensive training experiences, which involve lectures, demonstrations, and one-on-one instruction, are designed to help students achieve a basic understanding in areas in which they may have received little formal education.

The Bootcamp concludes with a Student Research Article Symposium open to all faculty, researchers and students. In preparation, MCB students are assigned personal student tutors.

MCSB Bootcamp Schedule 2018


The 2018 MCSB Bootcamp Student Symposium will be held on Tuesday, September 18, 2018 at the Herklotz Conference Center of the Center for the Neurobiology of Learning and Memory.



Michael Caldwell

Jenny Kim
Lofano, G., et al. (2018) “Antigen-specific antibody Fc glycosylation enhances humoral immunity via the recruitment of complement.” Sci Immunol. 3(26).

Yingxin Cao

Shiji Zhao
Serrano-Saiz, E., et al. (2018). “BRN3-type POU Homeobox Genes Maintain the Identity of Mature Postmitotic Neurons in Nematodes and Mice" Curr Biol.(18)30836-4.

Ria Deshpande

Dustin Maurer
Albrecht LV., et al. (2018), “Arginine methylation is required for canonical Wnt signaling and endolysosomal trafficking” Proc Natl Acad 115(23):E5317-E5325.

Emmanuel Dollinger

Matt Bovyn
Zhu M., et al. (2018). "Mre11 complex links sister chromatids to promote repair of a collapsed replication fork." Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A.115(35):8793-8798

Yanwen Gong

Qingda Hu Eelen G., et al. (2018). "Role of glutamine synthetase in angiogenesis beyond glutamine synthesis." Nature. 2018 Aug 29. doi: 10.1038/s41586-018-0466-7
Yushang Lai
Vy Duong
Plugis NM., et al. (2018). "Interleukin 4 is inactivated via selective disulfide-bond reduction by extracellular thioredoxin." Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 115(35):8781-8786

Vanessa Machuca

Matt Karikomi
Browning LM., et al. (2018). "TGF-β–mediated enhancement of TH17 cell generation is inhibited by bone morphogenetic protein receptor 1α signaling." Sci Signal.  28;11(545)

Samuel Morabito

Nick Pervolarakis
Narasimamurthy R., et al. (2018). "CK1δ/e protein kinase primes the PER2 circadian phosphoswitch." Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 115(23):5986-5991

Trini Nguyen

Sorena Rahmanian Mutlu B., et al. (2018). "Regulated nuclear accumulation of a histone methyltransferase times the onset of heterochromatin formation in C. elegans embryos." Sci Adv.  4(8)

Sohyeon Park

Alvaro Fletcher Marini A., et al. (2018). TAp73 contributes to the oxidative stress response by regulating protein synthesis." Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A.115(24):6219-6224
Elisabeth Rebboah Tessa Morris Bae EJ., et al. (2018). "LRRK2 kinase regulates α-synuclein propagation via RAB35 phosphorylation." Nat Commun. 9(1):3465
Honglei Ren Kerrigan Blake Olagnier D.,et al. (2018)  “Nrf2 negatively regulates STING indicating a link between antiviral sensing and metabolic reprogramming.” Nat Commun. 9(1):3506
Julie Wiedemann Hamsi Radhakrishnan Xing L., et al. (2018). “Wnt/β-catenin signaling regulates ependymal cell development and adult homeostasis" Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A.115(26):E5954-E5962