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Christopher Jarzynski
Christopher Jarzynski

The mission of the Institute for Physical Science and Technology (IPST) is to foster excellence in interdisciplinary research and education at the University of Maryland. IPST accomplishes this by integrating people, science and technology.

Our selective and highly ranked graduate programs in the fields of

provide specialized training at the intersection of traditional fields, and are a central component of our mission.

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Michelle Girvan and colleagues awarded NFS grant

November 21, 2016. IPST and Physics Associate Professor Michelle Girvan and her University of Maryland colleagues Daniel Butts, Bill Fagan, Hector Corrada Bravo and Amitabh Varshney have been awarded a five-year $3 million National Science Foundation Research Traineeship grant to establish a new training and research program in network biology. Fewer than 10 percent of proposals submitted to the program are funded.

Graduate students in the COMBINE: Computation and Mathematics for Biological Networks program will be immersed in interdisciplinary research and training that integrates quantitative modeling methods from physics and mathematics with data processing, analysis, and visualization tools from computer science to gain deeper insights into the structural and dynamical principles governing living systems. "With the opportunities provided by this grant, our graduate students will learn how to apply cutting-edge quantitative tools to uncover the laws that govern life itself" said IPST Director Chris Jarzynski. For a detailed account of this story, please read the CMNS press release.

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