The Clore Center for Biological Physics

Michal Neeman, Director
The Helen and Morris Mauerberger Professorial Chair

The Clore Center for Biological Physics was founded in 2001, with the primary objective of initiating and supporting research activities in the field of biological physics. Under its auspices, biologists, chemists, computer scientists, and physicists work together to explore a variety of fundamental issues in biology, and develop new approaches to address them.

The Clore Center supported scientific meetings and research visits, as well as a growing number of Seminar Clubs, all focused on closing gaps between different areas of Life Sciences and Physics. This past year, the Clore Center also continued its traditional support of equipment purchases which are required for advancing the introduction of state of the art analytical and high throughput methods for the study of Biology.

Research projects:

Dissecting the evolution of gene regulation through transcription elongation and mRNA degradation
Dr. Itay Tirosh, Curwen-Lowy Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Molecular Genetics

Autoimmunity in Bacteria
Dr. Rotem Sorek, Department of Molecular Genetics

X-ray Microscopy for Novel Imaging of Plasmodium falciparum, the Causative Agent of the Deadliest Form of Human Malaria
Prof. Michael Elbaum and Ph.D. student Allon Weiner, Department of Materials and Interfaces

Testing computational theories of mammalian grid cells: Locomotion versus active sensing in the bat
Dr. Nachum Ulanovsky , Department of Neurobiology

Regulation of Intracellular Calcium Homeostasis
Prof. Eitan Reuveny, Department of Biological Chemistry

The Visualization of Dendritic and CD8 T Cell Migration
Dr. Guy Shakhar , Department of Immunology

Equipment allocations:

The Amira® Software - In Vivo Imaging Center
Pulse Oximetry Sensor - In Vivo Imaging Center
A Robotic System for Studies in Systems Immunology - Dr. Nir Friedman, Department of Immunology

Support for Meetings and Research Visits:

Forum on Mathematical Principles in Biology
The Physics2Life Workshop,br> Clore Seminars on Biological Physics: 2009-2010
Mini-Symposium in Memory of Prof. Pierre-Gilles de Gennes