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.


Thematic Meeting on Theory in Biology
19th Dec 2016
Organizers : Mukund Thattai, Madan Rao, Sandeep Krishna, Shashi Thutupalli
CCCP 2016: Conflict and Cooperation in Cellular Populations, NCBS-Simons Workshop
16th Oct 2016
Organizers : Sandeep Krishna, Sunil Laxman
Dynamics Fridays Talk - Could a neuroscientist understand a microprocessor?
15th Jul 2016
V. Ramaswamy
Physics of Life 2016, 4th NCBS-Simons Annual Monsoon School
15th Jun 2016
Madan Rao, Mukund Thattai, Sandeep Krishna, Shachi Gosavi and Shashi Thutupalli
Bacterial Expressions II
1st Dec 2015
Organizers : Aswin Sheshasayee, Sandeep Krishna


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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