Donovan Cassidy-Nolan '21


In high school, I was super interested in learning how the brain worked. In 12th grade, I opened a textbook on theoretical neuroscience and learned that neuron firing is modeled using differential equations. When I read about ISC, I was sold because ISC combines amazingly cool science and experimentation with learning technical skills like mathematical modeling and coding. I chose ISC because I felt it would best prepare me for modern molecular biology and neuroscience research, which is so often interdisciplinary.

Joseph Crapse '19


As your typical ambitious Princeton freshman and a student with a love for science I wanted to take the most difficult and fulfilling science sequence offered to freshmen. ISC fit that description. However what kept me was the wonderful possibilities that an integrated approach to answer challenging and interesting problems and questions offers me. 

Eli Costa '22


ISC was actually a big part of the reason why I decided to come to Princeton. I was always sure that I wanted to major in some scientific discipline, but I had no idea which one or two I wanted to focus on in college, which is what a lot of undergraduate curriculums force you to do. I saw ISC as the opportunity to study biology, physics, chemistry, and computer science all at once while I decided which of these disciplines I wanted to pursue for my major. In the end, I decided to keep going with all of the above!

Hana El-Samad, UCSF

Hana El-Samad is the Kuo Family Endowed Professor and Vice Chair in the department of Biochemistry and Biophysics at the University of California, San Francisco and the California Institute for Quantitative Biosciences (QB3). She is a 2009 Packard Fellow and recipient of many honors including the 2011 Donald. P Eckman Award and the 2012 CSB2 prize in Systems Biology. She was also named a Paul. G. Allen Distinguished Investigator in 2013, and senior investigator of the Chan-Zuckerberg Biohub in 2017. Dr.

Kirk Lohmueller, UCLA

Kirk Lohmueller is an Associate Professor in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and the Department of Human Genetics at UCLA. He is broadly interested in evolutionary and population genetics and genomics. Prior to joining the faculty at UCLA in 2013, he was a Miller Fellow at UC Berkeley where he worked with Rasmus Nielsen. Kirk received his PhD from Cornell University where he worked with Andy Clark and Carlos Bustamante.


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Ian Wong, Brown University

Abstract: Epithelial cells transition between collective and individual migration during development and disease, analogous to interacting building blocks (dis)assembling as an active material. In this seminar, I will present recent results on my group to investigate so-called epithelial-mesenchymal transitions in the context of soft matter physics, mechanobiology, and machine learning. First, we investigate how mammary epithelial cells transition from a fluid-like “unjammed” phase to a solid-like “jammed” phase.