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Working on both complex biological and material science problems, CIRCS’s research includes designing computer models for use in the treatment of cardiac dynamics; finding ways to prevent the HIV virus from replicating in cells; developing new technology to analyze nucleic acids and proteins; studying the self-organized mitotic spindle formation in animal cells; devising computational neuroscience models of memory and attention in the brain; studying the connections between friction and quantum computers; and understanding the evolution of crystals. Twelve faculty members and three research fellows from physics, chemistry, mathematics, and electrical and computer engineering are involved in CIRCS, which has received funding from the National Science Foundation, American Heart Association, and U.S. Department of Energy, and has research partnerships with Cornell, UCLA, and MIT. Founded in 1995.