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

Welcome to the CUNY-Princeton Center for the Physics of Biological Function

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.

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Monday, Aug 5, 2019
Welcome 2019 CPBF Fellows Kelsey Hallinen, ...
Monday, Jul 15, 2019

To survive, organisms must solve a number of physics problems: converting energy from one form to another, detecting weak signals in a noisy...

To learn more about current research at the Center, see the work to be presented at the March Meeting of the American Physical Society

Biophysics Seminar Series

Zaida Luthey-Schulten: Modeling the minimal cell: Integration of experiments, theory, and simulations

Andrew Mugler: Physics of collective cell sensing

John Marko: TBD

Mon, Oct 14, 2019, 12:00 pm

ITS Symposium

Toward the physics of complex behaviors

Fri, Oct 11, 2019, 9:30 am

Searching for simpler models

Fri, Nov 15, 2019, 9:30 am

Adaptation

Fri, Dec 6, 2019, 9:30 am