Our ability to quantify the biological world is expanding faster than even the most optimistic predictions.

This technological acceleration is occurring across all scales and systems, from the microscopic domain of molecules and cells up to brains and organisms and populations.

This success, however, has outstripped our ability to make sense of the raw data. Theory and modeling are needed to frame the fundamental ideas and concepts, to interpret the data by defining and extracting the key features, and to guide future experiments.

The goals of the Initiative in Theory and Modeling of Living Systems at Emory College is to foster the community of researchers who are building theoretical frameworks for understanding living systems, connect this community with the experimentalists, train the next generation of researchers in the field, and establish Emory as a national leader in theoretical and modeling approaches to living systems.