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Center for the Physics of Living Cells

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PFC: Center for the Physics of Living Cells  (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)

Research Focus & Anticipated Benefits

The Center for the Physics of Living Cells (CPLC) at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign 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.

CPLC aspires to make transformational advances at a genuine scientific frontier: the physics of living cells. The center uses the latest single-molecule, live-cell experimental and computational biophysical tools to investigate biological processes such as mechanisms of protein motor translocation, mechanics of genome maintenance and translation machinery, and dynamics of protein folding and gene expression in living cells.

Education & Outreach

In addition to its cutting edge research program, CPLC places a strong emphasis on outreach to the broader community. As a part of its mission, CPLC aims to advance the teaching of biological physics in both physics and biological communities, use the natural appeal of biology as a basis for effective outreach and for promoting diversity in physics, and facilitate collaborations with industrial partners and other research organizations.

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