- Education & Outreach
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:
Scientists Spot Gene that Makes Some Sarcomas Less Aggressive
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
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...