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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:


Rice Physicist Honored by Brazilian Government

http://news.rice.edu/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/0609_ONUCHIC.jpgJosé Onuchic, the Harry C. and Olga K. Weiss Chair of Physics, was recognized by the Brazilian government May 28 with a Diaspora Award. The award recognizes Brazilian citizens living abroad who have excelled in the areas of science, technology, innovation and entrepreneurship and contributed to building a positive image of Brazil abroad and the advancement of Brazilian competitiveness. Read more…


Do Bacteria Possess Social Intelligence?

Eshel Ben Jacob: Photo c/o Eshel Ben JacobThese days, it’s not just IQ that people measure when they talk about intelligence. Social intelligence is a big field of research. How we interact can be about building success as individuals, cooperating to achieve an outcome for your group or tribe, but what about at the microscopic level? Samira Ahmed discusses these issues with bio-physicist, professor Eshel Ben-Jacob. Dr. Ben-Jacob is a theoretical and experimental physicist at Tel Aviv University, holder of the Maguy-Glass Chair in Physics of Complex Systems, and Fellow of the Center for Theoretical Biological Physics at Rice University. He is best known for discovering new pattern-forming bacteria species and the study of bacterial intelligence and social behaviors of bacteria. Listen now (14 minutes) ....