Reintegrating Biology Through the Nexus of Energy, Information, and Matter

Dr. Sara Zimmer, faculty member of the Integrated Biosciences M.S. and Ph.D. graduate program in the department of Biomedical Sciences at the University of Minnesota Medical School, Duluth Campus, co-authored an article titled “Reintegrating Biology Through the Nexus of Energy, Information, and Matter.” The article was published in the publication Integrative and Comparative Biology. 61:2082-2094. doi: 10.1093/icb/icab174.

In addition to researching parasites through the lens of human disease, she also recognizes the potential impact her work can have on other disciplines that may be difficult to see in advance. This recently published study explores the potential for better communication between scientific disciplines at different scales of biological exploration (e.g., intracellular, within a multicellular system, within an ecosystem). Dr. Zimmer and peers postulate that describing biological experimental systems in terms of the intersections of energy and information they possess may be a way to bridge disciplines.