Mathematically describing biological breakthroughs is one of the long-term goals of theoretical physicists and experimental biologists at the Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics. Two new grants, together totaling $2 million, are giving those interdisciplinary efforts a big boost. The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation has awarded KITP $1.6 million for its ongoing interdisciplinary biology initiatives, including workshops, postdoctoral fellowships, and plans for a new summer program –– the Santa Barbara Advanced School for Quantitative Biology (SBASQB) –– aimed squarely at the interface of physics and biology. A $400,000 grant from the Burroughs Wellcome Fund will go exclusively toward the latter endeavor.
The new program is the brainchild of physics professor and permanent KITP member Boris Shraiman, and Joel Rothman, chair of UCSB's Department of Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology.