The Louis and Beatrice Laufer Center is a hub for research in Physical and Quantitative Biology at Stony Brook University. We aim to advance biology and medicine through discoveries in physics, mathematics and computational science. See our Laufer Center video.

Our research is diverse.  Laufer Center researchers insert gene circuits into cells and study noise.  We insert barcodes to study evolution, cell-by-cell.  Some of us use computational modeling to understand how proteins fold and how proteins bind to proteins and design drugs for high-affinity binding to proteins.  We explore how protein motions cause biological mechanisms and how proteins aggregate in neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s.  And, some of us use computers to design vaccines.

Laufer Center researchers come from a broad community including Stony Brook departments of chemistry, physics, applied mathematics and statistics, biomedical engineering, computer science, microbiology and immunology, ecology and evolution, and pharmacological sciences as well as Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory.


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Laufer Distinguished Lectures 2017-18

James jE. Ferrell, Stanford University

Date April 23 - Trigger waves in cell signaling ()

Laufer Center Lecture Hall 101, 2:30 PM

(Reception to honor Dr. Ferrell following the lecture in Laufer Hub 110)

Date April 24 - How I became a systems biologist ()

Laufer Center Lecture Hall 1, 1:00 PM

(Refreshments following the lecture in Laufer Hub 110)