In Loving Memory
of Louis and Beatrice Laufer
The Laufer Center for Physical and Quantitative Biology was established in 2008 in loving memory of Louis and Beatrice Laufer by their children, Helen Laufer Kaplan and Howard Kaplan, Jeffrey and Barbara Laufer, and Henry and Marsha Laufer.
Initiated with a major philanthropic gift, the Center supports three endowed professorships. The Center aims to play a central role in the Stony Brook Collaborative Research Alliance (Stony Brook University, Brookhaven National Laboratory, and Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory). The Laufer Center officially began operation on October 1, 2010, with Ken A. Dill as Director and Carlos Simmerling as Associate Director. On May 7, 2012, the Center celebrated the official dedication of its newly remodeled building, close to the Life Sciences Center on the Stony Brook University campus.
The Center’s 13 affiliated faculty include research groups in physics, math, chemistry, computer science, and biology at Stony Brook, Brookhaven National Laboratory and Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory. The Center brings physics, math, and computation to bear on solving deep problems in biology and medicine. Computers are used to discover new medicines and to decipher the human genome. Physics is the basis for powerful technologies and principles for understanding how healthy biological cells work and how diseased cells fail.
In addition to performing research, the Laufer Center trains PhD students, mentors postdoctoral researchers, and hosts regular scientific seminars from distinguished outside scientists.