News archive

2017

June 2017 - I have been selected for the GSO Leadership academy and will be travelling to Boston and Darmstadt for leadership training over the coming year.

June 2017 - I will be speaking at the BMS Learning and Teaching Forum on Wednesday, 21 June about my experience with the Edinburgh/Zhejiang Biomedical Sciences degree programme.

June 2017 - Updated preprint on BioRxiv: Dutta Roy et al. Cooperative Binding Mitigates the High-Dose Hook Effect.

June 2017 - I was nominated for a Best Research or Dissertation Supervisor Award from the Edinburgh University Students' Association.

May 2017 - We are looking for a PhD student to work with the Busch lab and with us on Calcium signalling in C. elegans neurons. The project will involve both experiments and computational modelling. [More info]

May 2017 - We have received a grant from the Edinburgh Neuroscience RS MacDonald Seedcorn Fund, in collaboration with Sergiy Sylantyev and Noboru Komiyama. This will allow us to investigate interactions between mGluR and NMDA receptors.

April 2017 - Our work on Methods for modelling actin dynamics in MCell (with former MSc student Kadri Pajo) has been accepted for presentation at the V International Conference on Particle-Based Methods.

April 2017 - I am back on the International Campus at Zhejiang University in late April/early May to teach Integrative Biomedical Sciences 1 and Introduction to Cellular and Molecular Biology 1.

Arpil 2017 - Talk on Computational models of postsynaptic signalling at the School of Informatics.

March 2017 - I am lecturing on Long-term potentiation in Neuroscience 3 at the University of Edinburgh on Friday.

February 2017 - I am back on the International Campus at Zhejiang University from 25 February to 18 March to teach Integrative Biomedical Sciences 1 and Introduction to Cellular and Molecular Biology 1.

January 2017 - I am at the Wellcome Trust in London to speak about my CV of Failures

January 2017 - We welcome our two new Honours students Jana Finžgar and Susana Román García to the Stefan lab. They will work on computatoinal models of different aspects of synaptic plasticity.

2016

December 2016 - Poster: L. Ferrington, M.I. Stefan, S.-H. Wang, J. McCluskey, K. Meyer (2016) Using educational digital games to improve the engagement and performance of Applied Pharmacology students in an undergraduate cell biology course. Pharmacology 2016, London, UK

December 2016 - I am back on the International Campus at Zhejiang University until Christmas to teach Biomedical Sciences 1.

December 2016 - New Poster: M.I. Stefan, C. McMullen, S.-H. Wang, C.D Etchells, and L. Ferrington (2016). Can optional online quizzes increase student engagement, retention and performance in an undergraduate cell biology and physiology course? Creativity in Science Teaching, Society for Experimental Biology, London, UK

December 2016 - New Poster: L. Ferrington, M.I. Stefan, S.-H. Wang, J. McCluskey, K. Meyer (2016). Using educational digital games to improve the engagement and performance of Applied Pharmacology students in an undergraduate cell biology course. Creativity in Science Teaching, Society for Experimental Biology, London, UK

December 2016 - Here are the slides for my lecture on data analysis for BMTO graduate students at Edinburgh.

December 2016 - PhD position open: In a joint project between the Busch lab and the Stefan lab, you would be working on Calcium signalling in C. elegans neurons. [More info]

November 2016 - Updated preprint of my paper about Cooperativity and the high-dose hook effect (with Ranjita Dutta Roy and Christian Rosenmund) is now available on biorxiv.

November 2016 - We welcome Zale Cao as a new PhD student to the Stefan lab. Zale will be placed on the International Campus at Zhejiang and will work on spaced-repetition learning

October 2016 - Published a short piece about cooperativity in the Journal of Mathematical Biology. Read it here.

October 2016 - Are you an undergraduate student interested in working in the Stefan lab next summer? Now is a good time to get in touch.

September 2016 - I am off to China for five weeks to teach the first incoming class of students in the joint Zhejiang University/University of Edinburgh undergraduate degree in Biomedical Sciences

September 2016 - We welcome Richard Fitzpatrick, to the Stefan lab. Richard is starting his PhD on modelling intellectual disabilities and autism spectrum disorders

September 2016 - MSc student Yubin has graduated with distinction and left the lab for new adventures in Chicago. Good luck Yubin!

August 2016 - Submitted new paper with Kevin S. Bonham about the gender disparity in computational biology research publications. Get the preprint on bioRxiv or read more on Kevin's blog

August 2016 - Presenting a Poster about using educational games for undergraduates: K. Meyer, L. Ferrington, M.I. Stefan, S.-H. Wang (2016). ENGAGE: Using educational digital games to improve student engagement and performance in an undergraduate cell biology course. Scottish Crucible Forum, Glasgow, UK

August 2016 - We welcome Kadri Pajo to the Stefan lab. Kadri is a visiting MSc student from Karolinska Institute. She will work on modelling CaMKII interactions with the actin cytoskeleton.

July 2016 - I am off to teach at the Okinawa Collaborative International Undergraduate Workshop. Look here for materials relating to my session on modelling central pattern generators.

July 2016 - We welcome Excellence Ogunbayo, who is joining the Stefan lab for the summer through a Nuffield Research Placement. Excellence will be working on modelling biochemical interactions necessary for memory formation.

July 2016 - New Poster: Y. Xie, B. Graham, M. Dutia, M.I. Stefan. Multi-scale Modelling of Hyperpolarisation Mediated Synaptic Plasticity.

June 2016 - We are looking for a PhD student to work on Multi-scale modelling of neuronal signalling pathways in intellectual disability/autism spectrum disorders. Apply here before Friday, 17 June.

May 2016 - Talking about Modelling Calcium Signalling in the Brain at Kinetics on the Move in Heidelberg, Germany.

May 2016 - The NCS grant writing group is meeting in HRB 174 at 9:30 on Monday, 23 May. Julia Schiemann is going to talk about her experiences with securing a personal fellowship.

April 2016 - Talking about the Postdoc to PI transition in an event hosted by the George Square Postdoc Society and the Wellcome Trust.

April 2016 - Paper published: N. Rodriguez, J.-B. Pettit, P. Dalle Pezze, L. Li, A. Henry, M.P. van Iersel, G. Jalowicki, M. Kutmon, K.N. Natarajan, D. Tolnay, M.I. Stefan, C.T Evelo, and N. Le Novère (2016). The Systems Biology Format Converter BMC Bioinformatics, 17:154. DOI

April 2016 - Paper on the Systems Biology Format Converter accepted for publication: N. Rodriguez, J.-B. Pettit, P. Dalle Pezze, L. Li, A. Henry, M.P. van Iersel, G. Jalowicki, M. Kutmon, K.N. Natarajan, D. Tolnay, M.I. Stefan, C.T Evelo, and N. Le Novère (2016). The Systems Biology Format Converter. BMC Bioinformatics, in press.

April 2016 - I have been selected for the Scottish Crucible programme for Scotland's Future Research Leaders.

March 2016 - A summary of the Biomedical Sciences 3 essay writing tutorial (and other tutorial materials) can be found here

March 2016 - Presenting for the BMTO Teaching Network at the University of Edinburgh: What can we learn from online learning data?

February 2016 - Slides for the Biomedical Sciences 3 Tutorial about Brain Training are now available here.

January 2016 - I am giving a talk about Computational modelling of synaptic proteins at Zhejiang University's annual Biomedical Sciences Meeting.

January 2016 - Visiting Zhejiang University to meet our colleagues and collaborate on the Dual Award Honours degree program in Biomedical Sciences, which is due to launch in September

January 2016 - I am giving a talk about teaching statistical thinking in context at the ASE Conference in Birmingham on 7 January.

2015

November 2015 - Happy to welcome my new MSc student, who joins from Zhejiang University. Yubin Xie will be working on modelling post-synaptic integration of converging spike trains.

November 2015 - We went to the Meeting of the LERU e-learning working group in Utrecht to talk about our ideas about using learning technologies to support students studying in their second language.

October 2015 - Our poster (H.C. Besche, M.I. Stefan, Y. Liu, R.W. King, A. Sullivan. Assessing item quality in open-book online readiness assessment exercises using student feedback and item response time.) won the Abstract Award in Undergraduate Medical Education Research at HMS Medical Education Day.

October 2015 - We are presenting a poster on item quality in open-book online quizzes at the Harvard Medical School Academy Medical Education Day.

September 2015 - I am now a member of the Physiological Society.

September 2015 - Talked about my research on neuronal Calcium signalling at the CMVM Centres' Symposium.

August 2015 - Back from Decoding the Brain, our international collaborative undergraduate workshop at OIST. Updated readings and course materials for my modules can be found here.

July 2015 - Slides and lecture materials for my Maths for Physics for Biology workshop at OIST are now online

July 2015 - Paper submitted: R. Dutta Roy, M.I. Stefan. Cooperative Binding Mitigates the High-Dose Hook Effect. Read the preprint on bioRxiv.

July 2015 - I will be teaching a series of quantitative workshops at OIST this summer. Course materials and further readings

June 2015 - The team of Edinburgh-Zhejiang lecturers has officially taken up work. Read up more about the four of us on the CIP news page.

April 2015 - New paper: M.I. Stefan, J.L. Gutlerner, R.T. Born, M. Springer (2015). The quantitative methods boot camp: teaching quantitative thinking and computing skills to graduate students in the life sciences. PLoS Comput Biol, 11(4): e1004208. DOI

April 2015 - I have a new job as a Lecturer (for US-Americans: assistant professor) in the Edinburgh-Zhejiang dual degree program in Biology. I will be based at the School of Biomedical Sciences at the University of Edinburgh.

March 2015 - I am presenting my work at Yale-NUS College in Singapore.

February 2015 - I am now a member of the Biochemical Society

January 2015 - I am spending three months as a visiting scientist in the Le Novère lab at the Babraham Institute in Cambrige (UK).

2014

December 2014 - New paper: J. Marino, M.I. Stefan, S. Blackford (2014). Ten Simple Rules for Finishing Your PhD. PLoS Comput Biol, 10(12): e1003954. DOI

November 2014 - Slides from my CFP Lunchtime Seminar are now online: 10 Simple Rules for Finishing your PhD.

October 2014 - Poster at HMS Medical Education Day: A. Ahuja, K. Dillon, M.I. Stefan, Y. Liu , J. Gutlerner, D. Van Vactor. Characterizing Statistics Understanding And Attitudes In Graduate Students And Postdocs In The Life Sciences

October 2014 - I have been awarded Chartered Biologist status by the Society of Biology.

September 2014 - New paper: M.I. Stefan, T.M. Bartol, T.J. Sejnowski, M.B. Kennedy (2014). Multi-state Modeling of Biomolecules. PLoS Comput Biol, 10(9): e1003844. DOI. Also check out this feature on PLoS Biologue

September 2014 - I have started my Fellowship in Medical Education Research at the HMS Academy.

September 2014 - The Graduate Research Assistant position has now been filled. I am looking foward to working with Dr. Mingshu Huang.

August 2014 - I am now a member of the Academy at Harvard Medical School

August 2014 - I am hiring a Graduate Research Assistant (8-10 hours/week) for a project on Statistics literacy among biologists. Further details can be found here.

July 2014 - Poster at SABER National meeting: A. Ahuja, K. Dillon, M.I. Stefan, Y. Liu , J. Gutlerner, D. Van Vactor. Characterizing Statistics Understanding And Attitudes In Graduate Students And Postdocs In The Life Sciences

July 2014 - The syllabus for the upcoming Quantitative Methods Bootcamp is now online. The course will run from 11 August to 22 August this year.

June 2014 - I am featured in a series about Austrian scientists working abroad on derstandard.at Read the full story here

May 2014 - Paper published: R. Dutta Roy, M.I. Stefan, C. Rosenmund (2014). Biophysical properties of presynaptic short-term plasticity in hippocampal neurons: insights from electrophysiology, imaging and mechanistic models. Front Cell Neurosci, 8: 141. [DOI]

April 2014 - Poster accepted for SABER National meeting: A. Ahuja, M.I. Stefan, J. Gutlerner. Characterizing statistics misconceptions in graduate students and postdocs in the life sciences.

February 2014 - I have been awarded a Fellowship in Medical Education Research by the HMS Academy. The fellowship will start in September 2014.

January 2014 - Together with Dr. Abha Ahuja, I have been awarded a Spark Grant from the Harvard Initiative for Teaching and Learning for a study investigating misconceptions about statistics among graduate students.

2013

November 2013 - New e-mail list for all those interested in Quantitative and Computational Biology at Harvard Medical School. Join for updates on courses, discussions and resources.

October 2013 - We are offering a set of Data Analysis Nanocourses: Fundamentals and Technologies of Data Analysis for Experimental Biologists at HMS.

September 2013 - I have been chosen as a NeXXt Fellow by the New York Academy of Sciences. Over the next years, I will serve as a mentor for a young woman who is just embarking on a degree in a STEM subject.

September 2013 - I am a tutor for The Molecular and Cellular Basis of Medicine this fall, and very much looking forward to working with incoming medical students.

August 2013 - Neurobiology 306qc underway: Our Boot Camp in Quantitative Methods for incoming graduate students has started. It will run through 23 August.

July 2013 - Introducing the Quant Bio Club, an open discussion and problem solving forum for quantitative and computational problems in biology research. We meet on Mondays from 3 to 5. Everybody welcome!

July 2013 - I have taken up a new position as a lecturer and curriculum fellow at Harvard medical school.

June 2013 - Paper on Cooperative Binding: M.I. Stefan, N. Le Novère (2013). Cooperative Binding. PLoS Comput Biol, 9(6): e1003106. [DOI]

June 2013 - I am presenting a talk at the University of Oxford on Thursday, 13 June. Title: Multi-state modelling of synaptic proteins.

May 2013 - I am back from a one-week visit to Harvard Medical School where I served as a TA on the Boot Camp in Quantitative Methods class.

April 2013 - I now have a blog called Life and learning

March 2013 - My term as a Fast Track Fellow with the Robert Bosch Foundation has come to an end. From 2011 to 2013, I have benefitted from excellent leadership training and an opportunity to network with a group of excellent female life scientists.

January 2013 - I completed my MSc in Mathematics at the Open University last month. My final project was about using spectral methods to investigate the Coxeter graph and related structures.

The Coxeter graph

2012

December 2012 - End of EMBO Fellowship: My EMBO long-term fellowship has come to an end last month. I am continuing as a postdoc in the Kennedy Lab, but now as a Caltech employee. A big thank you to everybody at EMBO for their help and support over the past two years.

November 2012 - Mentoring Programme: I have joined the Women Mentoring Women programme at Caltech as a postdoc mentor.

October 2012 - Poster on F1000: M.I. Stefan, S. Pepke, S. Mihalas, T. Bartol, T. Sejnowski, M.B. Kennedy (2012). Modelling Ca2+ -dependent proteins in the spine - challenges and solutions. INCF Neuroinformatics. [F1000 posters]

September 2012 - Paper published: L. Li, M.I. Stefan, N. Le Novère (2012). Calcium Input Frequency, Duration and Amplitude Differentially Modulate the Relative Activation of Calcineurin and CaMKII. PLoS ONE, 7(9): e43810. [DOI]

September 2012 - I will be presenting a poster at Neuroinformatics 2012 in Munich.

July 2012 - Book chapter published: L. Endler, M.I. Stefan, S. Edelstein and N. Le Novère: Using chemical kinetics to model neuronal signalling pathways. In: Computational Systems Neurobiology.

July 2012 - Paper accepted by PLoS ONE: L. Li, M. I. Stefan and N. Le Novère. Calcium input frequency, duration and amplitude differentially modulate the relative activation of calcineurin and CaMKII.

June 2012 - Computational Systems Neurobiology (N. Le Novère, ed.) can be pre-ordered here. I contributed to a chapter about kinetic modelling

May 2012 - Poster accepted for Neuroinformatics 2012: Modelling calcium-dependent proteins in the spine - challenges and solutions

April 2012 - I have been elected as a member of the Society of Biology.

January 2012 - New paper: Structural Analysis and Stochastic Modelling Suggest a Mechanism for Calmodulin Trapping by CaMKII. Read it at PLoS ONE

January 2012 - Austrian Scientists & Scholars in North America Talk: Computermodellierung neuronaler Proteine. Meet on the South Side of Beckman Auditorium at Caltech. 7pm, 12 January 2012.

2011

December 2011 - The work study position advertised earlier has now been filled. Undergraduates interested in a future research placement, please contact me.

December 2011 - The syllabus for Bi023 - Computational Models in Biology and Biochemistry is now online.

November 2011 - I am looking to hire a work study student for a project combining comupter science and biology. More details can be found here.

October 2011 - Abstract published: Multi-Stage Modeling of the Kinetics of Activation of CaMKII. Read it at Front Neuroinform.

September 2011 - New paper: Ten Simple Rules for Getting Help from Online Scientific Communities. Read it at PLoS Comp Biol.

September 2011 - The Caltech premiere of the PhD Movie is at 8pm on 22 Sep 2011 in Beckman Auditorium. I was on the editorial team, so this is a very exciting moment!

September 2011 - I am back from INCF Neuroinformatics in Boston, where I presented a poster on our CaMKII modelling effort.

July 2011 - I have been selected for Fast Track, a career training programme by the Robert Bosch Stiftung that aims to develop excellence and leadership skills for outstanding women in science.

June 2011 - The trailer for the movie version of PhD Comics has now been released! Check it out, it's cool!

PHD Movie Trailer from PHD Comics on Vimeo.

March 2011 - "I'm a Scientist, Get me out of Here!" is over. Thanks to the students, teachers, fellow scientists and organisers for two exciting and stimulating weeks in the Potassium zone.

February 2011 - I have been selected for this year's March edition of "I'm a Scientist, Get me out of Here!"

2010

November 2010 - My nature column "A cv of failures" has appeared. Read more.

1 November 2010 - I have now taken up work as a postdoc in Mary B. Kennedy's lab at Caltech. I am supported by a long-term fellowship from the European Molecular Biology Organization

September 2010 - For 2010, I am a postdoc journal keeper with Nature. My latest blog entry has just been published and can be found here.

July 2010 - BioModels Database: An enhanced, curated and annotated resource for published quantitative kinetic models. Read more.

22 June 2010 - I have been awarded the Christian Doppler Prize 2009 in Biology from the State of Salzburg (Austria) for my work on calmodulin and on allosteric regulation. The Christian Doppler Prize is awarded in five different categories every two years. It is named after Salzburg-born physicist Christian Doppler, who discovered the Doppler effect.