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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.

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Guillaume Charras

Guillaume Charras

Director
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Jas Gill-Thind

Jas Gill-Thind

Institute Coordinator

Yanlan Mao

Yanlan Mao

Deputy Director
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Andela Saric

Deputy Director
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Bart Hoogenboom

Bart Hoogenboom

Head of Biological Physics Group
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Chris Barnes

Chris Barnes

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Giuseppe Battaglia

Giuseppe Battaglia

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Nate Goehring

Nate Goehring

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Angelika Manhart

Angelika Manhart

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Emad Moeendarbary

Emad Moeendarbary

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Sabrina Simoncelli

Sabrina Simoncelli

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Nathan Day

Nathan Day

PhD Rep

Nargess Khalilgharibi

Nargess Khalilgharibi

PostDoc Rep