Rice University


Center for Theoretical Biological Physics


The Center for Theoretical Biological Physics (CTBP) is one of ten Physics Frontiers Centers established by the Physics Division of the National Science Foundation Directorate for Mathematical and Physical Sciences (MPS). CTBP is also supported by the Division of Molecular and Cell Biology (MCB) and the Division of Materials Research (DMR).

CTBP represents a collaboration between researchers at Rice University, the University of California - San Diego and The Salk Institute for Biological Studies, and is housed on the campus of Rice University, Houston, Texas.

CTBP encompasses a broad array of research and training activities at the forefront of the biology-physics interface. Research within CTBP focuses on the following broadly defined areas:


NSF Renews Grant for Biological Physics Research at Rice

The Center for Theoretical Biological Physics at Rice University has received a five-year, $11.75 million grant from the National Science Foundation to continue its research into how interactions at the atomic scale relate to the behavior of cells and their communities.  Read more…

From left: Herbert Levine, Eshel Ben-Jacob, José Onuchic and Peter Wolynes.
Photo by Jeff Fitlow.

Immune System is Key Ally in Cyberwar Against Cancer
RIce University Study Yields New Two-step Strategy for Weakening Cancer

Rice scientists recently found that the immune system may be the most powerful ally against cancer.
Eshel Ben-Jacob, a senior investigator at Rice’s Center for Theoretical Biological Physics, is quoted. José Onuchic, the Harry C. and Olga K. Wiess Professor of Physics and Astronomy, is mentioned. Read more...