The Emergent Behavior of Integrated Cellular Systems Center (EBICS) is an NSF Science and Technology Center was created for the challenge of engineering multi-cellular biological machines that have desired functionalities and can perform prescribed tasks. These machines consist of sensing, information processing, actuation, protein expression, and transport elements that can be effectively combined to create functional units.

The scientific goals of EBICS are to establish a fundamental understanding of cell-cell and cell-environment interactions, and their control by biochemical and mechanical cues; assemble and characterize the properties and performance of multi-cellular machines, thereby creating the nascent discipline for building living, multi-cellular machines for a wide range of applications

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