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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, Baylor College of Medicine and the University of Houston, 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
 

Scientists Spot Gene that Makes Some Sarcomas Less Aggressive
Rice, Duke Team Model Mechanism That Could Lead to New Approaches Against Cancer

Scientists at Rice and Duke Universities have identified a set of genes they say make sarcoma cells less aggressive. They hope to turn the discovery into new therapeutic approaches to fight metastatic cancers.    Read more...

 

 

The Science, Technology and Space Ministry Has Launched a Year-long Wall Exhibit of Approximately 60 Israeli Developments and Discoveries That Have Affected The World
Self-Organization of Bacteria Colonies Sheds Light on the Behavior of Cancer Cells

Professor Eshel Ben-Jacob

The researcher discovered principles of communication, control and self-organization in bacteria and showed that similar principles apply in tissue cells. Deciphering bacterial data-processing and decision-making mechanisms led to his groundbreaking research on cancer as smart cell community, and suggestion to fight it by "cyber-war" tactics of disrupting control and communication   Learn more...

 

 

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...