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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

Email: sspb@rice.edu 

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  • Fish found common genetic ground to develop electric organs
  • Researchers uncover clues to flu's mechanisms
  • New tools advance bio-logic
  • NSF renews grant for biological physics research at Rice
  • Synthesis produces new antibiotic
 

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)  

 

Research Spotlight

Protein residues kiss, don't tell
Protein residues kiss, don't tell
This figure shows the predicted structure of a ligand binding domain of protein TM0439 using DCA-fold, a computational method developed by Professor Jose Onuchic and colleagues at the Center for Theoretical Biological Physics. »
 

News


24th Keck Annual Research Conference
is Friday, November 7, 2014. Please click here for details!











Josh Atkinson is one of 18 Rice students recently awarded an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship.
Click here for full story!

Events

Center for Theoretical Biological Physics Fall Seminar Series 
October 28, 2014
John F. Marko, Professor, Physics and Astronomy, Northwestern University
12:30 - 1:30 PM, 1060 A/B BioScience Research Collaborative
Click here for details.