This conference is a free three-day event that includes a range of activities to stimulate the cross-fertilization of ideas, including invited speaker talks, workshops, micro talks, an undergraduate research competition, a contest to discover mathematical questions in biology, and plenty of networking opportunities.  

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The 4th Annual Conference on Quantitative Approaches in Biology

will be held March 15-17, 2022 in person on the Northwestern Evanston campus.


From genomics to imaging to modeling this year's speakers will inspire with new theories, methods and insights into animal development.


Connect with fellow conference attendees through the
member directory, forums,
and the Happy Hour Mixer.


We're all doing exciting research, even in the middle of a pandemic. Share what's making you return to the bench or computer day after day. Submit your abstract for a 5-minute micro talk!


The center hosts two
exciting competitions:
Great Math Challenges in Biology and the Prize for Undergraduate Research in Quantitative Biology.


View the entire line-up of great invited talks, workshops, coffee chats with speakers, Micro Talk presenter sessions, and more!

About the NSF-Simons Center for Quantitative Biology

The NSF-Simons Center for Quantitative Biology (CQuB) is a place where mathematical scientists and developmental biologists intensely work together on a broad range of questions arising from investigations into the biology of animal development. Our team of investigators is studying high dimensional and dynamic phenomena by using imaging, sequencing, and other technologies. Our aim is to make important new discoveries about the emergent properties of growth and development.

CQuB also provides activities and programming to stimulate life and mathematical scientists from around the nation and the globe 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. CQuB seeks to build and sustain a culture of interdisciplinary, collaborative team science.

NSF-Simons Center for Quantitative Biology is one of four NSF-Simons Research Centers for Mathematics of Complex Biological Systems (MathBioSys). The other three are the Southeast Center for Mathematics and Biology (SCMB) headquartered at the Georgia Institute of Technology, the Center for Mathematical and Statistical Analysis of Biology at Harvard University, the Center for Multiscale Cell Fate Research at the University of California, Irvine. 

CQuB is affiliated with Northwestern University’s Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences department of Molecular Biosciences and department of Neurobiology, the McCormick School of Engineering department of Chemical and Biological Engineering and the department of Engineering Sciences and Applied Mathematics, and the Feinberg School of Medicine department of Preventive Medicine. Center administration is managed by Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences department of Molecular Biosciences.

National Science Foundation 1764421 and Simons Foundation/SFARI 597491-RWC