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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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Thomas T. Perkins: Watching individual proteins unfold and refold by 1-µs resolution force spectroscopy

Mon, Sep 24, 2018, 12:00 pm

Protein folding occurs as a set of transitions between structural states within an energy landscape.

Larry Abbott: Operating Principles of a Learning Network in Electric Fish

Mon, Oct 1, 2018, 12:00 pm

The electrosensory lobe (ELL) in mormyrid electric fish is a cerebellar-like structure that cancels the sensory effects of self-generated electric...

Charles Stevens: TBD

Mon, Oct 8, 2018, 12:00 pm

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