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

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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 2020 CPBF fellows are now open!

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Biophysics Seminar Series

Dmitry Rinberg: Cracking the olfactory code using behavior

Mon, Jan 27, 2020, 12:00 pm
Location: Joseph Henry Room Jadwin Hall

Sven van Teeffelen: Control of cell volume in rod-shaped bacteria

Mon, Feb 3, 2020, 12:00 pm
Location: Joseph Henry Room Jadwin Hall

Elizabeth Jerison: Dynamics of adaptive immunity in zebrafish

Mon, Feb 10, 2020, 12:00 pm
Location: Joseph Henry Room Jadwin Hall

ITS Symposia

Information flow in bacterial communities

Fri, Feb 21, 2020, 9:30 am
Location: The Graduate Center, Room 4102. 365 Fifth Avenue, 365 Fifth Avenue, New York

CPBF undergraduate outreach at CUNY

Fri, Mar 13, 2020, 1:30 pm to 4:00 pm
Location: Science Center (4102) at The Graduate Center. 365 Fifth Avenue, New York

Problems in neural computation

Fri, Apr 17, 2020, 9:30 am
Location: The Graduate Center. 365 Fifth Avenue, 365 Fifth Avenue, New York