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. The links are organized in sections down the length of the page so keep scrolling to find what you need. If there are areas you would like us to organize links for please email and we will update accordingly.

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

Our internal mail address is Box 1903 which you can use if you are expecting something from another department at Brown. For postal mail and packages use the below address to ship to the Center, though personal mail should be sent to your home address as we cannot forward items shipped here in error.

Please items that need to be sent to the Center use: 

Your name C/O

Brown University CCMB
69 Brown St, Box 1903
Providence, RI  02912


If you receive mail that has been sent to the CCMB mailbox it will be left in a mailbox located to the right of the main reception desk on the floor. Mail is sorted daily by our student workers into the mailboxes.

If you are looking to book one of the conference rooms here in the CCMB & DSI shared space please speak with/email Jane Albro (Jane_Albro@Brown.Edu) with the following information. Note that recurring meetings will not be approved unless they are for a CCMB or DSI faculty member or academic group.

Contact person for the reservation

Group or Individual name

Affiliation (e.g. CCMB - Ramachandran Lab Group)

Date and time of the reservation

Frequency or reservation (one time or repeating)

CCMB & DSI students, staff, faculty, and visitors 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, though we do provide sustainable compostable single use items. Supplies are monitored regularly though if anything is missing from the kitchen please contact Jane Albro ( and we will address your request.

PLEASE KEEP THE KITCHEN CLEAN – Facilities does a fantastic job of cleaning our spaces however we don't want to abuse the privilege so please wipe up spills after yourself. 

Send email to and one of the members of the CIS staff will respond to you. All laptops provided to student for the Computational Biology program are supported by our IT staff including repairs and maintenance which we cover through the CCMB funds. If you need repairs while traveling contact Nathaniel Gill at your earliest convenience to request approval for reimbursing for out of pocket repair expenses PRIOR to paying for repairs yourself.

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. There is a large multi-function Ricoh unit on the floor for anyone to print to and instructions are available by emailing or Jane Albro (

Important contacts

—some folks you’ll want to get to know

Administrative Staff

Handles most faculty-grad interactions and concerns, in addition to things like office space, equipment needs, 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

Executive Committee of the CCMB