A research team led by William Bialek, John Archibald Wheeler/Battelle Professor of Physics and Associate Director of the Lewis-Sigler Institute has received a $1,000,000 W. M. Keck Foundation Medical Research Award. The awards are part of a Foundation mandate that supports pioneering discoveries in science, engineering and medicine by funding the high-risk/high-impact work of leading researchers. The research team will be investigating key theoretical questions about the way in which the building blocks of life are organized to solve the problems essential for an organism's survival, development and reproduction. More specifically, they will explore the idea that life's solutions to these problems are not merely consistent with the laws of physics, but in many cases have been driven to the limits of what the laws of physics allow. Other members of the team include Curtis Callan, James S. McDonnell Distinguished University Professor and Chair of Physics, and Ned Wingreen, Professor of Molecular Biology and the Lewis-Sigler Institute.