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.


Stochasticity and Plasticity in Living Systems (SPLS)
14th Nov 2023
Shaon Chakraborty, Archishman Raju
Recreational Biology - Topological Puzzles in Cell Biology
28th Mar 2023
Manu Prakash
Cellular Lineages and Development: From Single Cells to Landscapes
1st Nov 2022
Shaon Chakrabarti and Archishman Raju
Tilings of Surfaces
15th Nov 2019
Subhojoy Gupta, IISc


B.R. Ansil; C.Elizabeth George; S. Chandrasingh; A. Viswanathan; M. Thattai; P. Raghu; S. Devadiga; A.Geetha Harikumar; P.Kandi Harsha; I. Nair; U. Ramakrishnan; S. Mayor. 2023
Indian J Med Microbiol.45:100384

I.Meenakshi S; M. Rao; S. Mayor; R. Sowdhamini. 2023
Front Cell Dev Biol.11:1168050

M. Thattai. 2023
Curr Opin Cell Biol.80:102151

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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