New Students

Dear Computational Cell Biology Students:

Congratulations on your acceptance to the CSHL course on Computational Cell Biology. We have a very exciting lineup of speakers to introduce to you a wide variety of topics.  The schedule of lectures and other activities can be found under the Daily and Course Schedule links (see sidebar).  In preparation for the course we would like to apprise you of some aspects of the course and ask you to make a few preparations.

We have designed the course to have four components:

  • A series of didactic lectures on biological, mathematical and computational topics relevant to the course
  • A series of special topics speakers by experts in various fields, who will give focused lectures on specific areas of research
  • A series of tutorial sessions, to introduce you to computational packages and to help you cement concepts covered in lectures.
  • A student project based either on your own research or topics you encounter during the course.

On the first full day of the course (the day after you arrive) we will devote the evening session to brief presentations by student participants describing your ongoing research projects. We ask that you come to CSHL with a short presentation of approximately 5 minutes and no more than 4 slides, in which you present your research interests. This is a way for us to get to know your work and for you to introduce yourselves scientifically to the other participants.

You will not need to bring your own computer to the course. We will be issuing you a modern laptop computer (Apple) with wireless internet connectivity to use for the duration of the course. We would encourage you to leave your own equipment at home, perhaps step away from your computational comfort zone, and work with the ample resources we will provide.

The last few days of the course will be largely devoted to individual or group work on the student projects that you will have conceived during the courses second week.  You will likely derive the most benefit from working on a project related to your own research, so we encourage you to come with ideas.  The course will finish with project presentations followed by the course banquet.

We are very excited to offer the CSHL course on Computational Cell Biology and we want you to get as much out of it as possible. While your time at CHSL will be intense and very busy, we have built in time for rest, informal discussions and review with faculty, and for summer fun (e.g., swimming, sailing, tennis, volleyball).  Note that during a free day with no scheduled course activities it is possible to visit New York City.

If you have any questions about the course or CSHL, please don’t hesitate to contact one of the instructors (e.g., Gregory D. Smith <>) or the CSHL Course Office (e.g., Andrea Stephenson <>).