The Imperial College ‘Physics of Life’ Network of Excellence combines Imperial’s strength in biological physics to gain insights into fundamental biological problems, ultimately important for future (bio)technology, biomedicine, climate protection, food security, and national defence.

The network presents a rallying point for shared interests and complementary approaches, to maximise our existing problem-solving and technology development capabilities, and to develop new action plans for training and funding.

Although the network’s focus is on biological physics, the network membership and activities are open to anyone interested. In the future we hope the network will lead to large grants and centre funding.

Research themes

The Network is structured according to research themes where members can declare multiple interests:

  • Physics of brains - addressing the organisation and functioning of many neurons and the brain
  • Physics of cancer - addressing heterogenous responses to drugs therapies and radiation-tissue interactions
  • Physics of infections - addressing mechanisms of phagocytosis and other aspects of our immune response
  • Physics of plants - addressing regeneration, robustness to stress, and pathogens and root development
  • Physics of embryogenesis - addressing the chemo-mechanobiological aspects of pattern formation
  • Theoretical biological physics - addressing fundamental principles underlying biology using analytical and numerical approaches as well as simulations to study the above themes
  • Measurement methodology development - development of physical sciences techniques to study the above themes