Center for Computational Molecular Biology

Student Resources

Welcome to the Computational Biology Ph.D. program. Here are several links you may find helpful as you begin your studies with us.

Looking for information on living in Providence? This page can be helpful.
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This is the primary political and social body for Grad students. We have a very involved and vibrant community of graduate students here at Brown. You can find a wealth of helpful information here as well as the listservs to join for announcements and bulletin board postings specifically for the grad community.
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Curated list of funding opportunities for grad students and postdocs (STEM-wide, but many life science opportunities).

Info and advice to help you settle in

Please have packages sent to your attention at:
Brown University CCMB
69 Brown St, Box 1903
Providence, RI  02912

Our internal mail address is Box 1903 which you can use if you are expecting something from another department at Brown.

If you receive mail that has been sent to the CCMB mailbox it will be left on the desk you choose in the CCMB grad student area.

If you are looking to book one of the small conference rooms in the CCMB space at 164 Angell St they can be booked from the touch panels next to the rooms, or by emailing (Nathaniel Gill) or (Meg Lopes) from the Data Science Initiative that shares the floor. The large conference rooms can be booked from the Space reservations website

The elevators and exit doors, including the stairwells, are locked between 5:30pm and 7:30am and all weekend long. You can use your ID card to open the stairwell doors.  PLEASE DO NOT PROP THE DOORS OPEN. Doing so causes a security risk to you and your building mates. Security routinely sweeps the building to relock doors and to ask people who don’t belong to leave the building. 

Additionally the CCMB has swipe locks on some rooms to control the access. If you would like to have access or your card isn’t working, please contact Nathaniel Gill or email CCMB to troubleshoot your issue.

CCMB & DSI students, staff and faculty are free to help themselves to the coffee and tea available in the kitchen on the floor. Please bring your own reusable mug or water bottle to cut down on waste. The espresso machine is rather advanced so please be sure to acquaint yourself with the directions posted on the wall in the kitchen and feel free to follow up with Nathaniel should you have any problems or questions about maintaining it. 

PLEASE KEEP THE KITCHEN CLEAN – Facilities does a fantastic job of cleaning our spaces however we don't want to abuse the privilege. 

Send email to [email protected] and one of the members of the CIS staff will respond to you. 

There are both black/white and color printers in the CCMB and the building in general.  In general, we prefer the color printers are used only for things that truly need to be printed in color. Contact CCMB to have Nathaniel assist you with setting up the printers.

Important contacts

—some folks you’ll want to get to know


Handles most faculty-grad interactions and concerns, in addition to things like office space, equipment needs, and information to add to the website, grant/fellowship information, etc.

Director of Graduate Studies (DGS)

Faculty members who oversee the PhD program

Director of Undergraduate Studies (DUS)

Faculty member who oversees the Sc.B. and A.B in Computational Biology programs

  • Sorin Istrail

    Julie Nguyen Brown Professor of Computational and Mathematical Sciences, Professor of Computer Science, Department of Computer Science, Director of Undergraduate Studies, CCMB

Director of the CCMB

  • Sohini Ramachandran

    Associate Professor of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, Associate Professor of Computer Science, Department of Computer Science, Director, Center for Computational Molecular Biology