Biological Network Modeling Center

Elliot Meyerowitz, Richard Murray, Michael Elowitz and Angela Stathopoulos, Co-PIs
Bruce E. Shapiro, Director

The purpose of the Biological Network Modeling Center (BNMC) is to serve as a nexus for computational tools and techniques that support, empower and enable Caltech scientists to do their research. These tools and methods lie at the interfaces between biology, computation, engineering, chemistry and mathematics and they are widely applicable to many sub-disciplines of biology.

Specific aims of the BNMC include:

  • Provide consultants to help with problems in computational modeling and data analysis
  • Provide essential software-oriented services (including configuration, customization and instruction) to Caltech laboratories
  • Support a knowledge base of available tools and techniques
  • Provide forums for the exchange of information about methods and software
  • Encourage interaction between campus research groups through seminars, super-group lab meetings, workshops, web forums

Our scientific focus is Computational Morphodynamics. Computational Morphodynamics may be defined as the study of the three-way interaction of physical, informational, and geometrical processes that influence the changing form, shape and structure of living cells, tissues and organisms.

For additional information, go to our home page at


Dr. Bruce E. Shapiro, Director
Room 272 - Beckman Institute
Mail Code 139-74
Tel: (626) 395-8829
Fax: (626) 395-8161