Denis Noble received his PhD from University College London in 1961, where his project to produce the first computer model of the heart had already resulted in two articles published in Nature in 1960. Between 1984 and 2004, Denis Noble was the Burdon Sanderson Professor of Cardiovascular Physiology at Oxford University (a Chair financed by the British Heart Foundation), and is currently the co-Director of Computational Physiology.
His research primarily focuses on the use of computer models of biological organs and systems to interpret their particular functions, from the molecular level to reflecting the whole body levels. With its international collaborators, his team has used supercomputers to create the first virtual organ, the virtual heart. As Secretary-General of IUPS (IN FULL) Noble has played a major role in launching the Physiome Project, an international collaboration using computer simulations to create the quantitative physiological models necessary to interpret the genome.
Most recently, Denis Noble has authored the widely acclaimed The Music of Life.
Living things are much more than just packages of DNA. In fact, organisms interact with their genes and environment in a complex way, forcing biologists to question their assumptions about the nature of humanity.
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