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: To Be or Knot to Be
9th Jun 2017
Dr. Prathamesh Turaga, IMSc Chennai
Samose Seminar Series : Symmetries and Dynamics
5th May 2017
Amit Vutha, ICTS and NCBS
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


S.G. Das; M. Rao; G. Iyengar. 2017
Physical Review E.95(6):062410-1:8

K. Husain; M. Rao. 2017
Physical Review Letters.118(7):078104-1:5

M.J. Taylor; K. Husain; Z.J. Gartner; S. Mayor; R.D. Vale. 2017

S. Thutupalli; S. Uppaluri; G.W.A. Constable; S.A. Levin; H.A. Stone; C.E. Tarnita; C.P. Brangwynne. 2017
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.114(9):2289-2294

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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