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January 31, 2023
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2023 OPALS Applications Open February 1st!

The OPALS high school internship program aims to provide pre-college students with hands-on experience in STEM by spending 20 hours/week for 6 weeks at UC San Diego in a research laboratory environment.

Each intern will have the opportunity to interact with researchers, graduate, and undergraduate students engaged in research at the interfaces of engineering and medical science. Interns will learn the scientific background to the research, observe or assist UC San Diego researchers and students in performing experiments, learn to analyze experimental data and present a research talk or poster at the end of the internship.

Applications open on February 1st, 2023 and close February 28th, 2023.
If you would like to support OPALS, click here to donate.
Apply Here
Melio Premiers Next-Generation Pathogen Detection Technology at IndieBio Demo Day

Melio, a UC San Diego startup, has recently debuted their new pathogen detection technology. The technology overturns the traditional one-pathogen one-probe paradigm for infectious diseases and is able to deploy new diagnostic capabilities “over the air” with a few universal probes. Melio is co-founded by Dr. Mridu Sinha who is an alumni of IDEA member Stephanie Fraley’s and CNME member Todd Coleman’s labs in the Bioengineering Department. 
Watch the premier here
Groundbreaking Wearable Cardiac Ultrasound Imager can Assist with Early Cardiac Disease Detection

Dr. Sheng Xu, Associate Professor of Nanoengineering and a member of the Center for Medical Device Engineering and Biomechanics (CMDEB), has recently developed a wearable, non-invasive, ultrasound heart monitor device that can assess both the structure and function of the human heart. The device can be worn for up to 24 hours and provides real-time information on the pumping activity of the heart. The technology provides a breakthrough for the ability to provide early detection in cardiac disease.
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CARTA presents "Artificial Intelligence and Anthropogeny"

CARTA Virtual Winter Symposium
Friday, March 3, 2023 10:00-2:30 PM PST

The origin of humans is a difficult scientific problem in evolution that is grounded in biology and molded by culture. Recent advances in neuroscience and artificial Intelligence have led to synergies and surprising new hypotheses. Mysteries such as the origin of language and human sociality are being illuminated by these advances. This symposium will be explored by researchers at the frontiers of A.I., machine learning, language, and sociality. Registration is FREE and open to the public. A LIVE Q&A and expert discussion will conclude the program. 

Register Here
La Jolla Arthritis Conference

Monday, April 24 - Tuesday, April 25, 2023
Both days are from 8:30-12:30 PM PST

For any problems with registering, please contact For more information visit the MARC website.

Register Here
MARC Southern California RheumTalk Seminar Series

Thursdays at 12:00 PM PST
Zoom Link:

Thursday, February 9, 2023 12:00-1:00 PM PST

Metabolic and Microbial Regulation of Lupus
Laurence Morel, Professor and Department Chair, Dept of Microbiology, Immunology & Molecular Genetics
University of Texas Health San Antonio

Full MARC Seminar Schedule
Winter 2023 Seminar Series
Sponsored by The Shu Chien-Gene Lay Department of Bioengineering and the Institute of Engineering in Medicine (IEM)
Fridays, 2:00-3:00 PM PST - FUNG Auditorium/PFBH
Faculty Host: Ester Kwon, Ph.D.

Friday, February 3, 2023
John Hickey, Ph.D.
Tissue Architecture Driven by Immune Cells
Click here for more information and a complete list of upcoming seminars


Mathers Foundation Grant Opportunity

Internal Submission Deadline: Wednesday, February 8, 2023 at 5:00 PM

The mission of The G. Harold and Leila Y. Mathers Foundation is to advance knowledge in the life sciences by sponsoring scientific research that will benefit mankind. Since its inception in 1982, the foundation has granted in excess of $350M. The Foundation primarily supports basic science, ideally with potential translational applications.

Awards are intended to support the actual investigation and are not intended to be utilized for purchasing capital equipment (“bricks-and-mortar”) for the lab. Budget justifications should provide detailed costs of investigators’ salaries, laboratory supplies, etc., and will be highly scrutinized.

Click here for more information and complete details
Apply Here
NIAID Autoimmunity Centers of Excellence: Basic and Clinical Research Programs Competition

Internal Submission Deadline: Tuesday, February 7, 2023 at 5:00 PM

This internal competition covers two companion funding opportunities for the NIAID Autoimmunity Centers of Excellence (ACE), a cooperative network intended to improve the understanding, prevention, and treatment of autoimmune diseases. The ACE combines two research programs — Basic and Clinical — that align grant awards with responsibilities. The members of the Clinical and Basic ACE will work together after award to design, develop, and conduct studies of autoimmunity and autoimmune diseases in humans.
  1. Basic Research Program (U19), RFA-AI-22-070
  2. Clinical Research Program (UM1), RFA-AI-22-071 
Apply Here
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