Simons Centre for the Study of Living Machines

We study molecules, cells, and organisms as living machines: products of natural selection which consume energy to achieve specific goals. Our research combines theory and experiment, and covers a range of length and timescales: from protein function, computational cell biology and evolution, to the physics of active systems.

We are supported by the National Centre for Biological Sciences and the Simons Foundation.


8th Simons-NCBS Monsoon School - Physics of Life - 8th to 18th June 2020
8th Jun 2020
Madan Rao, Mukund Thattai, Sandeep Krishna, Shachi Gosavi, Shashi Thutupalli
Tilings of Surfaces
15th Nov 2019
Subhojoy Gupta, IISc
Discovery, invention, innovation: the link between fundamental science and economic development
18th Oct 2019
Madan Rao
Genomes and AI: From Packing to Regulation
19th Jul 2019
Caroline Uhler


R. Mandal; P.Jyoti Bhuyan; P. Chaudhuri; C. Dasgupta; M. Rao. 2020

A. Das; A. Bhat; R. Sknepnek; D. Köster; S. Mayor; M. Rao. 2020
Science Advances.6(11)

J. Jhawar; R.G. Morris; U.R. Amith-Kumar; D. Raj; T. Rogers; H. Rajendran; V. Guttal. 2020

J. Davis; A. Bisson-Filho; D. Kadyrov; T.M. De Kort; M.T. Biamonte; M. Thattai; S. Thutupalli; G.M. Church. 2020

Cellular Communities

We aim to combine experimental and theoretical methods to understand the collective dynamical behavior of populations. Ex. competition and cooperation in bacteria


Molecular and Cellular Dynamics

A large part of our effort at the Simons Centre is in exploring new physical and chemical principles underlying biological organization across scales


Computer Science Interface

This interface theme links all the activities of the Simons Centre with computer science and biology. We hope to play a critical role in nurturing this interface.

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