Affiliated Centers and Programs

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Interdisciplinary Biological Sciences (IBiS) Ph.D. Program

A unique Ph.D. program that brings together 60 faculty and their students from five departments to tackle cutting edge problems with interdisciplinary approaches.  

QSB students benefit from close association with the IBiS program because they can take classes and conduct research with IBiS students; partner with an IBiS mentor to help navigate classes and getting established at Northwestern;and join the IBiS program after completing QSB Masters degree program. 


Masters of Science in Biotechnology Program

The Biotechnology program is a 15-21 month master's program offered by Northwestern’s McCormick School of Engineering that broadly prepares students for the biotechnology industry and associated professions with training in current industry practices.  QSB students can benefit from this program because of its comfortable class sizes (average of 38-42 students per class). 

Likewise, a few of the top courses of this program include Bioprocess Engineering I & II; Bioprocess Engineering Lab; Technology Commercialization Fundamentals; and Regulatory Sciences in Biotechnology.

NSF-Simons Center for Quantitative Biology

The NSF-Simons Center for Quantitative Biology teams biologists addressing important unanswered questions about development with mathematical scientists from across Northwestern’s Evanston campus to empower levels of analysis not previously possible. By developing dynamic measurements of high dimensional phenomena using imaging and sequencing and other technologies, center investigators will make important new discoveries about the emergent properties of growth and development

A further goal is to stimulate life and mathematical scientists from around the United States and overseas to apply mathematical inquiry to the study of growth and development. This involves interdisciplinary training of the next generation of scientists, providing research and training opportunities for established scientists eager to enrich their research programs, and fostering new collaborations across traditional disciplines.


The Northwestern Institute on Complex Systems

The Northwestern Institute on Complex Systems was founded in 2004 with the goals of uncovering fundamental principles governing complex systems in science, technology, and human behavior and applying these principles to solve societally relevant problems through the analysis, design, and control of complex systems. Today, NICO serves as a hub and facilitator for pathbreaking research in complexity and data science transcending the boundaries of established disciplines.