A core SCMB activity is catalyzing new collaborations at the math-bio interface through the funding of cross-disciplinary teams working on a research project of mutual interest. Far from being a collection of disparate topics, these projects organize into a coherent chain spanning temporal and spatial scales, each addressing a critical juncture of the genome-to-phenome pipeline. Each such "Seed Project" is co-lead by an interdisciplinary mathematician and a biosystems experimentalist, and includes two SCMB-supported junior researchers --- a biosystems graduate student and a mathematics postdoctoral scholar.
Critical to the success of these initiatives, the SCMB biosystems faculty have overlapping research interests ranging from molecular cell biology, quantitative genetics, and proteomics through single molecule microscopy all the way to developmental morphology and behavioral dynamics. Moreover, each brings substantial quantitative modeling and computational analysis expertise to the center. Dually, the mathematicans bring significant interdisciplinary experience, and also have many overlapping research interests. Of particular note are the foundational areas of algebra, topology, and geometry which have considerable untapped potential in biosystems applications. This is balanced by expertise in other areas, like combinatorics, probability and computation, where the interactions with biosystems are already better developed.