Physics of Medicine

Mouse blastocyst displaying expression of Nanog genes

Mouse blastocyst displaying expression of the Nanog genes, which is essential for pluripotency, in the epiblast. Image courtesy of Silvia Muñoz Descalzo (Dept of Genetics) and Jennifer Nichols (Cambridge Stem Cell Research Institute)

The Cambridge Center for the Physics of Medicine (CCPoM) is a major new expansion of research activity in the University of Cambridge. With a core hub in the Physics of Medicine (PoM) building and a focus on Biomedical research, it aims to nucleate interactions between different disciplines as well as technology development at the interface of the physical, life and clinical sciences. A major theme of the project is to foster new methods and concepts to understand the organization and function of cells and their assembly into tissues and organs.

In addition to its function as a hub, CCPoM aims to identify talented scientists with multidisciplinary skills and interests at the early stages of their career. PoM will support applications for independent career fellowships and provide space and research infrastructure. For information contact Duncan Simpson at drs45@cam.ac.uk .

Mission statement

The Centre for the Physics of Medicine (PoM) is an initiative of the University of Cambridge to channel multidisciplinary research at the interface of the biomedical and physical sciences through a portfolio of research, technology development and educational activities. With a core hub in the Physics of Medicine Building it fosters new methods and conceptual approaches to understand the organization and function of Living Matter with a special interest in cells and their assembly into tissues and organs.

Latest News

  • Why physical scientists and biologists should interact! From the structure of DNA to the development of magnetic resonance imaging, many major advances in biology and medicine have come about by collaboration between physical scientists and biologists. To help promote this area, Clare Bryant (Veterinary Medicine), Ray Goldstein (DAMTP) and Ben Simons (The Cavendish Laboratory) are holding a one-day meeting targeted at late stage graduate students and early stage postdocs with the specific aim of illustrating how multidisciplinary approaches can deliver novel insights. The meeting will consist of talks by scientists using multidisciplinary techniques to showcase what is happening within the university. More details and free registration
  • Physics of Living Matter 7 This year's Physics of Living Matter meeting is being held in University College London. Details of speakers and how to register can be found on the events page.
  • Congratulations to first PoM Director Congratulations to the first director of the Physics of Medicine Initiative, Athene Donald, on being appointed Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE) in the Queen's Birthday Honours. Read more...
  • New Management Committee Following the appointment of the new director in January we can now announce a change to the membership of the Management Committee. Representing four schools of the university as before, we look forward to working with the new team. Many thanks both to those who join us now and who served us in the past. For details of membership of our management committee please go to the governance page
  • Congratulations to Dr Sumeet Mahajan Dr Mahajan has just been awarded a Postdoctoral Fellowship in Cross- Disciplinary Sciences from the EPSRC to work on Plasmon Enhanced Spectroscopy and Imaging Inside Cells. He will join the Physics of Medicine Initiative hosted by the Department of Genetics
  • New Director for PoM The Steering Committee of the Physics of Medicine Initiative (PoM) of the University of Cambridge has appointed Professor Alfonso Martinez Arias from the Department of Genetics, as its Executive Director, effective from the 1st of January 2010. Read more...