The IRI Life Sciences links key areas of scientific research, crossing multiple scales from molecular and cell biology to whole organisms and populations. The institute acts as an interface between different disciplines, connecting basic biological with clinical researchers, and theoreticians with experimentalists.
Our approach is to study complex biological systems using a close interplay between quantitative experiments and theory. This interdisciplinary approach aims to reveal underlying mechanistic principles in biology.
Our scientific vision is intentionally broad. Collectively, our work spans a vast range of scales in molecular biology, including single molecule analysis, nucleic acid-protein interactions, large molecular ensembles, signaling cascades and evolution. We are united by an interest in quantitative answers to questions of regulation: for example, of genes, cellular structures, host - pathogen interactions or the behavior of cancer cells. The regulatory principles governing these different processes may be unique to each, but they may also have features in common. Cross-disciplinary dialogue will be essential to explore and define these principles and place them in a coherent theoretical framework.
We believe that great ideas are an emergent property of complementary expertise and an open exchange. The IRI Life Sciences provides the conditions for that exchange to take place.