center for systems

& synthetic biology

an NIGMS national systems biology center


Center organizes team challenge workshop with Peking University

August 9, 2012

The UCSF Center for Systems & Synthetic Biology co-organized a 'team challenge' workshop with the Center for Quantitative Biology at Peking University (PKU) on July 25th-29th, 2012.

Forty participants from both sides divided into four teams to brainstorm and come up with creative ideas and innovative solutions, addressing questions and current issues within four topics: optogenetics, microfluidics, cellular stress management, and cell size control. Teams consisted of a mixture of undergraduate students (PKU), graduate students (PKU + UCSF), and postdocs (PKU + UCSF), with a diverse range of expertise in the biological and/or computational sciences. The teams went through successive rounds of brainstorming, research and discussion, and then presented their ideas daily to the other teams for further critique and redirection. On the last day, each team presented a final proposal and roadmap for a particular project, which they hope to work on through continued collaborations between UCSF and PKU. Our workshop was highlighted in this Design Science UCSF news feature.


Getting started with the opening reception & poster session.

Teams brainstorm and cluster their ideas.


Participants vote for favorite ideas on each of the teams' boards.


Teams research, discuss, and develop their best project ideas.


Teams present their ideas for further discussion and critique.


Teams visit the Forbidden City.