The National Science Foundation (NSF) and the Simons Foundation have awarded a grant to Harvard scientists to create a research center aimed at bringing biologists and mathematicians together to answer some of the central questions about living systems.
Dubbed the NSF-Simons Center for Mathematical and Statistical Analysis of Biology at Harvard University, the center will be one of the cornerstones of the recently announced Quantitative Biology Initiative which is aimed at integrating mathematical, statistical, and engineering approaches with biology.
For centuries, people have looked at living things and wondered how they work, why they look the way they do, and how they adapt to changing environments.
Yet despite the enormous strides made in understanding such developments with the advent of such aids as single-cell sequencing, whole-brain imaging, and connectomics, there is still much that biologists do not understand about the systems they study.
To address that gap, Harvard is launching the Quantitative Biology Initiative, with support from University President Drew Faust and Edgerley Family Dean of the...