Welcome to the Physics of Life network. We are a community driven network consisting of scientists from the physical and biological sciences. The Physics of Life network first began its journey in 2012 (PoLNET1; 2012-2016), it then moved to a second phase (PoLNET2; 2017-2020) and is now in its third phase (PoLNET3; 2020-2023). The third phase of the network has also broadened its ambitions to specifically encourage engagement from clinical and medical communities through the formation of a new, separate arm to the network 'Physics of Medicine, 2020-2023'.
The goal of our network is to bring researchers from the biological and physical sciences together to tackle the challenge of integrating understanding from single molecule to systems biology.
PoLNET 1 and 2 were supported by EPSRC and BBSRC.
PoLNET3 is funded by the UKRI Physics of Life Strategic Priority Fund, led by EPSRC, BBSRC and MRC (standard grant EP/T022000/1).
‘Physics of Medicine; building a network at the interface between medicine and the physical sciences’ (grant PGS19-2/10092) is supported by the welcome addition of the Rosetrees Trust .
How to get involved
There are many ways to get involved with the Physics of Life community (which encompasses PoLNET3 and the Physics of Medicine).
The good news is the community is OPEN and availble for everyone to join!
You can get involved in the following ways:
The Physics of Life Network is led by PI Mark Leake (University of York), co-I Martin Cann (Durham University), co-I Steve Smye (University of Leeds) and network manager Karis Baker (Durham University). The Physics of Medicine arm is led by PI Steve Smye (University of Leeds) and manager Karis Baker (Durham University).
PoLNET3 and Physics of Medicine are also governed and advised by steering group members from a broad range of research disciplines from a range of UK based institutions.