Simons Center for Quantitative Biology
The Simons Center for Quantitative Biology is dedicated to the development of new mathematical tools and techniques for the analysis of biological data. Researchers at the
Center work on a wide variety of applications, including autism, cancer, neuroscience, plant biology, gene regulation and evolution.
As technologies for data generation have become steadily more efficient and inexpensive, the interpretation of vast quantities of biological data has emerged as a
rate-limiting step in advances in the biological sciences. This challenge cuts across research areas, from genomics, neuroscience, and human diseases to the plant sciences.
Making sense of the “big data” that is now ubiquitous in biology requires the development of innovative new quantitative tools and techniques, grounded in classical theory
yet adapted for powerful modern technologies. The central idea behind the Simons Center for Quantitative Biology is to place researchers trained in mathematics, physics,
computer science, and other quantitative fields on the front lines in biology, working shoulder to shoulder with experimentalists. In addition to collaborative work, SCQB
researchers pursue independent research in algorithms, machine learning, statistical genetics, evolution, and other areas. The ultimate goal of the Center is to promote
interdisciplinary approaches that can break new ground on problems of central importance in both fundamental biology and applications in human health, agriculture, and the
Research at the Simons Center for Quantitative Biology is funded by a major donation from the Simons Foundation as well as gifts from the Starr Foundation and Lavinia and