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

CPBF Fellows of 2018 & 2019

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

Marc Gershow: Maggots! Making Memories and Reading Minds
Mon, Oct 10, 2022, 12:30 pm1:30 pm
Location
Joseph Henry Room, Jading Hall
Roseanna Zia: How Colloidal Physics Instantiate Life in Biological Cells
Mon, Oct 31, 2022, 12:30 pm1:30 pm
Location
Joseph Henry Room, Jadwin Hall
Fellow candidate symposium I
Tue, Nov 1, 2022, 9:00 amWed, Nov 2, 2022, 5:00 pm
Location
Jadwin Hall

News

2018 - 2021 APS Abstracts
learn more about current research at the Center, see the work to be presented at the March Meeting of the American Physical Society 2021

Game Theory Cancer Models of Cancer Cell-Stromal Cell Dynamics using Interacting Particle Systems Abstract

Bacterial Route…

ITS Symposia

Physics of Behavior
Fri, Oct 7, 2022, 10:00 am4:00 pm
Location
Skylight Room, CUNY Graduate Center and via Zoom
CPBF Symposium: Students and Postdocs Edition
Fri, Nov 11, 2022, 10:00 am4:30 pm

 

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