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.


5th Simons-NCBS Monsoon School Jun 18 - Jun 25, 2017
18th Jun 2017
Madan Rao, Mukund Thattai, Sandeep Krishna, Shachi Gosavi, Shashi Thutupalli
Samose Seminar Series : Automating Mathematics -Part2
19th Apr 2017
Siddhartha Gadgil, IISc Mathematics
Samose Seminar Series : Automating Mathematics
7th Apr 2017
Siddhartha Gadgil, IISc Math
Foliation in Dynamical Systems: Two models of competition
15th Feb 2017
Gaurav Mendiratta
Thematic Meeting on Theory in Biology
19th Dec 2016
Organizers : Mukund Thattai, Madan Rao, Sandeep Krishna, Shashi Thutupalli


A. Das; A. Polley; M. Rao. 2016
Physical review letters.116():068306

G. Dey; M. Thattai; B. Baum. 2016
Trends in Cell Biology.26():476–485

V.V.Hemanth Gi Rao; S. Gosavi. 2016
Current opinion in structural biology.36():67–74

R. Mandal; P.Jyoti Bhuyan; M. Rao; C. Dasgupta. 2016
Soft Matter.12():6268-6276

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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