As biology becomes increasingly quantifiable, William Bialek posits that scientists can develop unifying theories for biology that predict precisely how living systems work. Unifying theories are more powerful than mathematical models because they can be applied to diverse biological phenomena, such as transcriptional control of gene expression and neural signaling. However, as Bialek points out, many challenges lie ahead in constructing these comprehensive mathematical descriptions that define the unifying theories for biology.
William Bialek is the John Archibald Wheeler/Battelle Professor in Physics and a member of the Lewis–Sigler Institute for Integrative Genomics at Princeton University. A theoretical biophysicist, Bialek has explored research interests that span the dynamics of individual biological molecules to learning and cognition. He is best known for contributing to our understanding of coding and… Continue Reading