DARPA grant supports Institute faculty research
3/5/2012 - Using a new $14 million grant from DARPA, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, a team of biologists and mathematicians that includes Institute members David Botstein and Ned Wingreen will look closely at the timepieces that drive life.
"Biological systems have amazing timing capabilities," says Duke mathematician John Harer, the lead investigator on the new grant. The body and its individual cells form an intricate machine, with complex timing mechanisms, which often work flawlessly and usually repair themselves when they don't, he says.
With the DARPA grant, Harer has assembled some of the world's leading experts on the cell cycle, the circadian clock, the metabolism of yeast, root growth in plants and pulsing processes in bacteria, to deconstruct the molecular and genetic rhythms that keep these organisms alive. [read more]