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Research approaches

Research approaches

Research approaches

A unique scientific community focussed on understanding and controlling living systems

The Living Systems Institute (LSI) pioneers interdisciplinary research to gain knowledge and command of biological processes. LSI investigators from diverse backgrounds work together in an open and collaborative spirit, driven by a scientific curiosity that transcends traditional boundaries. Our shared goal is to decode biological complexity on all scales, from sub-molecular to whole organisms and populations.

LSI is home to biologists, biomedical scientists, engineers, physicists and mathematicians. This melting pot is a catalyst for new approaches to discover knowledge and to innovate transformative healthcare tools. We study key topics in the biology of RNA & proteins, viruses & microbes, stem cells & development, and neuroscience.

We use four cross-cutting interdisciplinary approaches:

Biosensing in living systems

Elucidating and exploiting the modalities by which biological systems sense and respond to their environment

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Physics of living systems

Combining biology, physics and mathematics to reveal the organisation and dynamics of living systems

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Engineering living systems

Deconstructing and reconstructing biological phenomena from molecular and cellular component parts

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Modelling living systems

Developing and analysing mathematical models to explain and predict function and dysfunction in biological systems

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