Physical Biology @ ICTS

We are at the International Centre for Theoretical Sciences of the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research in Bangalore.

Our primary interest is in understanding biological processes from the viewpoint of theoretical physics. We seek to unravel the fundamental physical principles of self-organization in living systems. We are interested in mechanobiology, physics of the actomyosin cytoskeleton, active matter, and mechanochemical pattern formation. Specifically, we are keen to understand how developing embryos shape up to form organisms, and the role of mechanical forces and deformations/flows in these morphogenetic processes.

We have strong theoretical collaborations with the Biological Physics group at MPIPKS and the Simons centre at the National Cenre for Biological Sciences, and strong experimental collaborations with the group of Prof Stephan Grill at BIOTEC, TU Dresden.

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We have openings for postdoctoral positions in our group.


If you feel that understanding living systems with a physical and mathematical viewpoint is a challenge that you are up to, then contact us.


Group members

Principal Investigator

Vijay Kumar Krishnamurthy



Visiting students

SN Bhatt summer students

Undergraduate students