The Center for Modelling and Simulation in the Biosciences (BIOMS) in Heidelberg was established in January 2004 to promote the use of modeling and simulation in the biosciences. The research of the center focuses on the question how the cell as a system arises from the interplay of biochemical and physical processes. In particular, the following topics are addressed:
- Interplay of biomechanics and biochemistry
- Information processing of signals on the cellular level
- Development of biological structures and functions
- Interplay of transport processes and biochemical pathways, e.g. signalling and metabolic pathways
- Method development to tackle any of the above
For this purpose, close collaboration between experiment and theory is essential. BIOMS funds several research groups (BIOMS research fellows) as well as a postdoctoral program, guest scientists and workshops. All major activities are located in the BioQuant Center on the campus Im Neuenheimer Feld.