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.


Dynamics Fridays Talk: Theories for the Evolution of the Sexes
8th Sep 2017
Priya Iyer
Samose Seminar Series: From Mechanics to Electrical Conduction: Why are Heart Wall Myofibers Helicoidal?
11th Aug 2017
Kaleem Siddiqi, School of Computer Science & Centre for Intelligent Machines, McGill University
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: To Be or Knot to Be
9th Jun 2017
Dr. Prathamesh Turaga, IMSc Chennai


A. Singh; J.F. Rupprecht; G.V. Shivashankar; J. Prost; M. Rao. 2017
arXiv:1703.04401 [].

J.F. Rupprecht; A. Singh; G.V. Shivashankar; M. Rao; J. Prost. 2017
arXiv:1703.04395 [].

R. Morris; M. Rao. 2017
arXiv:1710.09110 [cond-mat.soft].

S. Thutupalli; D. Geyer; R. Singh; R. Adhikari; H. Stone. 2017
arXiv:1710.10300 [cond-mat.soft].

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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