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Laboratory of Living Matter

Stanislas Leibler
Gladys T. Perkin Professor

Analysis of Biological Networks

In recent years molecular biology has moved away from the study of individual components towards the study of many interacting components. The "systemic" approach seeks an appropriate, and if possible, quantitative description of cells and organisms. Both the theoretical and experimental methods necessary for such studies still need to be developed. We are far from understanding even the simplest collective behavior of biomolecules, cells or organisms.

We try to tackle some basic questions connected with the functioning and evolution of simple genetic and biochemical networks. Some problems studied recently both experimentally and theoretically in our laboratory are:

We hope to continue similar studies in different model organisms, with a much heavier emphasis on connected evolutionary aspects.