Summer School & Symposium

Members of the Laboratory of Computational Immunology are involved in outreach and regularly host summer schools and symposia.

Summer School on Quantitative Systems Immunology

This educational program, held at BU (10-14 June 2013), was intended for trainees in the biological sciences who wanted to explore the use of mathematics, statistics, and computation in their own research but may not have experience in the quantitative sciences. In total, out of the 92 received applications, 52 were accepted, and 26 scholarships were awarded, which covered travel and housing costs.

The course began with a day of foundations in mathematical modeling and statistics. During each day thereafter, there were lectures in the morning and corresponding practical exercises in the afternoon. Topics included phylogenetics and molecular evolution of viruses and antibodies, network and pathway analysis, biochemical reaction modeling, population-dynamic modeling, biomedical ontologies, and more.


  • Tom Kepler, Boston University
  • Hamid Bolouri, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
  • Cliburn Chan, Duke University
  • Lindsay Cowell, University of Texas Southwest
  • Will Fischer, Los Alamos National Labs
  • Bette Korber, Los Alamos National Labs
  • Doug Lauffenburger, MIT
  • Peter Linsley, Benaroya Research Institute
  • Martin Meier-Schellersheim, NIAID, NIH
  • Barry Smith, University of Buffalo
  • Cate Speake, Benaroya Research Institute
  • Rebecca Halperin, Boston University
  • Kelly Benedict, Benaroya Research Institute
  • William Longabaugh, Institute for Systems Biology

Click on the following links to download summer school material by faculty team:

  • Kepler and Chan (here)
  • Smith and Cowell (here)
  • Bolouri and Longabaugh (here)
  • Lauffenberger and Benedict (here)

For videos of lectures, please refer to our youtube channel.

Required Software:
Below is a list of software that was used for the afternoon Workshops (Web-based software is not listed.)

Symposium on Quantitative Systems Immunology

Held on Saturday June 15, 2013 in the Photonics Center at  BU, this symposium generated considerable interest with 89 registrants. The topics of the talks focused on recent developments in the use of mathematical models and computational methods in  immunological research at the whole-systems level.


  • Josep Bassaganya-Riera, VBI
  • Arup Chakraborty, MIT
  • Bette Korber, Los Alamos National Labs
  • Doug Lauffenburger, MIT
  • Peter Linsley, Benaroya Research Institute
  • Martin Meier-Schellersheim, NAIAD, NIH
  • Tom Kepler, Boston University
  • Wilson Wong, Boston University
  • Martin Zand, University of Rochester

Click  here  to download all symposium abstracts. For related videos, please refer to our youtube channel.

The 2013 Summer School and Symposium on Quantitative Systems Immunology are funded by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, part of the National Institutes of Health, under Contract No. HHSN272201000053C to Duke University.