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SSPB Program
Rice University
6500 Main Street, MS-180
Houston, Texas 77030-1400

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Ph.D. Program in Systems, Synthetic, and Physical Biology
Suite 170 BioScience Research Collaborative (BRC)
Rice University
6500 Main Street
Houston, Texas 77005


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  • Aryeh Warmflash Wins NSF Career Award
  • A New Twist in Genetic Switches
  • Birth of the Bacterial Circuit
  • Gene Switch Controlled Kinetically, Not Thermodynamically

Welcome to the Ph.D. program in Systems, Synthetic, and Physical Biology (SSPB)

Systems, Synthetic and Physical Biology (SSPB) is a new field that combines experimental and theoretical approaches to solve both fundamental and applied problems in the biosciences, biotechnology and medicine. SSPB is emerging as one of the most important areas of life sciences of this century. While the past several decades have been dubbed the Information Age, the coming era will likely be a biological one where organisms are engineered to produce new medicines, fuels and materials. In order to reach the potential of engineered biological systems, we must first understand the organizing principles of life. SSPB researchers operate at this interface, aiming to understand the molecular language of life, so that new biological functions can be reliably designed. For more information regarding this program, click here.

2013 students 
The inaugural 2013 SSPB class (from left to right, front row: Dongya Jia, Juexiao Wang, Felix Ekness, Brianna Kuypers, Qian Mei; from left to right, top row: Tyler McLaughlin, Josh Atkinson)

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Research Spotlight

Weiwei Zhong, Ph.D.
Weiwei Zhong, Ph.D.
Dr. Weiwei Zhong's group analyzes how genes regulate locomotive behaviors in the nematode C. elegans. Various mutants were analyzed using image processing tools that quantitatively measure worm movement disorders. »


Josh Atkinson is one of 18 Rice students recently awarded an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship.
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Center for Theoretical Biological Physics (CTBP) Seminar Series
February 16, 2016, 12:30-1:30pm
Chris Myers
BioScience Research Collaborative Building (BRC)
10th Floor, Room 1060A/B
Rice University
6500 Main Street
Houston, Texas 77030