Living matter obeys the laws of physics, and the principles and methods of theoretical physics ought to find useful application in many areas of biology. This truism is becoming ever more relevant with the rapid growth of the ability of biological experiment to produce comprehensive quantitative data. After making some general remarks about the opportunities for theoretical physics in today's biology, I will survey some instances where approaches inspired by theoretical physics give insight into core aspects of cellular biology. I hope to convince you that the two fields have much to offer each other, and that relations between them are destined to grow closer.
Catherine Copetas, copetas [atsymbol] cs.cmu.edu