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Institute for the Physics of Living Systems

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The Institute for the Physics of Living Systems (IPLS) is a cross-faculty institute promoting interdisciplinary approaches that has a vibrant community that brings together UCL researchers from across departments and disciplines to share their expertise and ideas in the pursuit of common goals. By working together, members of IPLS are able to apply thinking, tools and approaches from the physical sciences and engineering to answer some of the deepest questions in biology.

The institute aims to support existing collaborations and facilitate new interactions between research groups across UCL. As an example of this, a team from the Charras and Lowe labs work together to combine deep learning with live imaging to determine how cancer cells interact and influence normal cells. Other teams are asking what are the essential differences that separate the animate from the inanimate, life from death; the passage of time in biological systems; and the dynamic crosstalk between a biological system and its environment.

This type of interdisciplinary research is important because, while recent advancements in biology have led to rapid identification of the component parts of many living systems, this alone will not reveal how any living system actually works. After all, organisms are complex, dynamic physical-chemical systems. Understanding life requires new approaches and fresh thinking. The knowledge gained can then serve as the basis for technological innovation and interventions in the future.

Management Team

 

Professor Buzz Baum

Buzz Baum

Director
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Guillaume Charras

Guillaume Charras

Deputy Director
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Jas Gill-Thind

Jas Gill-Thind

Scientific Coordinator

Bart Hoogenboom

Bart Hoogenboom

Head of Biological Physics Group
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Georgina Benn

Georgina Benn

PhD Rep

Ava Lisica

Ana Lisica

PostDoc Rep

Ewa Paluch

Ewa Paluch

Alumnus
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MSc/PhD Training Team

 

Guillaume Charras

Guillaume Charras

Training Lead
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Jas Gill-Thind

Jas Gill-Thind

MSc/PhD Administrator

Shiladitya Banerjee

Shiladitya Banerjee

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Professor Buzz Baum

Buzz Baum

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Guillaume Charras

Guillaume Salbreux

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Andela Saric

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Theme Leads

 

Chris Barnes

Chris Barnes

Physics of Cancer
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Alan Lowe

Alan Lowe

Physics of Cancer
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Nate Goehring

Nate Goehring

States of Living Matter
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Mark Miodownik

Mark Miodownik

States of Living Matter
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Yanlan Mao

Yanlan Mao

The arrow of biological time
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Andela Saric

The arrow of biological time
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Bart Hoogenboom

Bart Hoogenboom

The Physics of compartment boundaries in biology
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Guillaume Charras

Guillaume Salbreux

The Physics of compartment boundaries in biology
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Ricardo Henriques

Ricardo Henriques

Content aware intelligent microscopy
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Ravi Desai

Ravi Desai

Micro and nano-fabrication
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Giuseppe Battaglia

Giuseppe Battaglia

Micro and nano-fabrication
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Alexandra Olaya-Castro

Alexandra Olaya-Castro

Quantum science in biology
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