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Center for Theoretical Biological Physics

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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 sponsored by the Division of Molecular and Cell Biology (MCB). Additional support  comes from the  Division of Chemistry (CHE) 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:


NEWS HIGHLIGHTS
 

Decoding the Emergence of Metastatic Cancer Stem Cells
Rice-led research shows how migratory cancer cells acquire 'stem-like' properties

In the first study of its kind, Rice University researchers have mapped how information flows through the genetic circuits that cause cancer cells to become metastatic. The research reveals a common pattern in the decision-making that allows cancer cells to both migrate and form new tumors. Researchers say the commonality may open the door to new drugs that interfere with the genetic switches that cancer must flip to form both cancer stem cells and circulating tumor cells - two of the main players in cancer metastasis. Read more...


An artist's depiction of the dangers of metastasis, the process by
which cancer cells migrate and establish tumors throughout the
body. Credit: thinkstockphotos.com/Rice University

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 - See more at: http://news.rice.edu/2014/09/23/immune-system-is-key-ally-in-cyberwar-ag...
Immune system is key ally in cyberwar against cancer Rice University study yields new two-step strategy for weakening cancer - See more at: http://news.rice.edu/2014/09/23/immune-system-is-key-ally-in-cyberwar-ag...