• contractile network
  • Spindel split
  • Image credit: NASA
  • E_coli
  • Betsiboka Estuary, Madagasgar
  • Cumberland Mountains, West Virginia
  • Leishmania braziliensis


The Quantitative Biology Initiative brings together students, researchers & faculty from diverse departments & disciplines to answer the most fundamental questions in biology. We focus on dynamic, high-dimensional biological systems that cannot be understood without rigorous experimental, mathematical & computational tools.  How do molecular networks make decisions that determine cell fates? How does matter self-assemble into living structures, cells, and organisms? How do cells & organisms adapt to changes in their environment? Members of the QuantBio community teach and learn from one another as we develop new experimental tools, predictive models & computational methods to answer these longstanding questions together.