Center for the Physics of Biological Function | an NSF Physics Frontier Center

The Center for the Physics of Biological Function (CPBF), a joint effort between The Graduate Center at CUNY and Princeton University, is one of eleven Physics Frontier Centers established by the Physics Division of the National Science Foundation Directorate for Mathematical and Physical Sciences (MPS). We are a collection of scientists working at the interface of physics and biology with the goal of creating a physicist’s understanding of living systems: a physics of biological function that connects the myriad details of life, across all scales, to fundamental and universal physical principles. Our center focuses on new scientific opportunities and educational programs, integrating theory and experiment, research and education.

Research

Phase-separated liquid droplets (red) formed in a crosslinked chromatin network (white). Mechanical interactions with chromatin determine the size of droplets

Understanding the phenomena of life means understanding the emergence and integration of essential biological functions. 

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Education

Two students looking through slides

A true unification of the physics of biological function requires educating a new generation of scientists.

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Fellowships

Group of Research Fellows

We are searching for Center Fellows, both theorists and experimentalists. Applications for 2022 CPBF fellows are now open!

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Biophysics Seminar Series

Zvonimir Dogic: Sculpting liquid interfaces with active stresses

Mon, Feb 7, 2022, 12:30 pm
Location: Zoom

Madhav Mani: A Statistical (Physics) view of Organismal Development

Mon, Feb 28, 2022, 12:30 pm
Location: Joseph Henry Room, Jadwin Hall

Na Ji: TBD

Mon, Mar 21, 2022, 12:30 pm
Location: Joseph Henry Room

News

ITS Symposia

Dimensionality and dynamics in networks of neurons

Fri, Jan 28, 2022, 11:00 am
Location: Virtual event

Physics of Life - Students and Postdocs Edition