Posted Oct 03 2017
Announcing the Center for the Physics of Biological Function, a joint endeavor between Princeton University and the City University of New York to investigate biophysics.
The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded $13 million to create the Center for the Physics of Biological Function, a joint endeavor between Princeton University and the City University of New York that will be headed up by Princeton biophysicists William Bialek and Joshua Shaevitz.
The center’s research fellows, tied to no one lab but linked to them all, will have the freedom to create new research projects that draw from many areas. “It’s a new way to initiate the science, which I think is really exciting,” said Mala Murthy, an associate professor of molecular biology and the Princeton Neuroscience Institute (PNI). “The critical part here is that you want to start interacting early, so the experiment can inform the theory and vice versa, so the theory builds hypotheses, and then those hypotheses can be directly tested with the next round of experiments,” she said. “This back and forth is critical for refining the hypotheses and building new ones, and really advancing the science.”