Physicists' methodology of studying Nature has unravelled various phenomena that were traditionally labelled as belonging to Chemistry, Engineering, etc..., and thereafter became an inherent part of Physics. Biology is the challenge of the new century. It is notoriously complex and a coherent theoretical description of biological system is lacking. However we are witnessing a revolution in the ability to study biological systems quantitatively. Furthermore new methods are developed yielding huge amounts of data. Still interpretation of such data hinges upon discovering the general principles governing biological complexity.
The goal of the Biological Physics group at the Racah Institute is to uncover the general principles governing various biological systems using a combination of experimental tools (microfluidics, high resolution microscopy, automated systems, whole genome sequencing), theoretical approaches taken from the study of physical systems (statistical mechanics, non-linear dynamics), and cutting edge analysis tools developed for biological systems (neural networks, big data analysis, deep learning).
These approaches have led to new insights on the way biological systems operate from the single molecule to the organ level, as well as medically relevant findings.