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The new Emergent Mechanisms in Biology of Robustness, Integration & Organization (EMBRIO) Institute will use AI to see how cells grow, repair, and replicate themselves with the help of biochemical and mechanical inputs and reactions. EMBRIO will leverage the AI and engineering expertise of researchers at affiliated institutions to find new ways to use AI in cracking cellular organization.

With AI, EMBRIO researchers can use full 3D simulations to develop nonhuman embryos and establish predictive capabilities. This allows them to see how the shape of networks and tissues can change. They can then bring different biological systems together – such as a cell’s chemistry, chemical and electrical signaling, and mechanics and mechanical changes – to better predict outcomes in more complex systems.

The results of their work could have implications for human health and longevity.

EMBRIO engineers and researchers from the seven partner institutions will also provide students at all institutions with the experience and the exposure to new techniques and tools that will help advance their knowledge of integrative biology and to develop the workforce of the future.

Purdue will serve as the main site for EMBRIO. EMBRIO is a National Science Foundation (NSF) sponsored Biology Integration Institute that will advance approaches to integrative biological research at multiples scales.