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Center for Theoretical Biological Physics

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Center for Theoretical Biological Physics  (University of California-San Diego)

Research Focus & Anticipated Benefits

The Center for Theoretical Biological Physics at the University of California, San Diego is a Physics Frontiers Center (PFC) supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF). Physics Frontiers Centers foster major advances at the intellectual frontiers of physics by providing university-based resources not usually available to individual investigators or small groups.

CTBP encompasses a broad spectrum of research and training activities at the forefront of the biology-physics interface. Research within CTBP focuses on cellular tectonics, gene regulatory networks, computational approaches to cellular communication, and pushing the biological physics frontier.

Education & Outreach

CTBP offers research opportunities for undergradaute students, including a stipend, through the Discovery Research Internship Program. The Center also supports a number of different curriculum development and dissemination projects in the areas of biophysics and biochemistry. In past years, outreach has included High Tech Fairs, research and Frontiers in Science seminars, symposia, and biological physics training programs. CTBP's Diversity Outreach Initiative targets undergraduate and masters-level graduate students at local and national institutions that serve a high proportion of underrepresented students to encourage them towards scholarly careers in biophysics.


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Example of protein complex modeling