Woman in Physics lab

Center for Quantum Leaps

A Signature Initiative

Arts & Sciences will create a field-changing program of research on quantum technologies, in collaboration with the McKelvey School of Engineering and the School of Medicine.

Quantum technologies are rapidly maturing and soon will be critical to fundamental research in biomedical and life sciences, a trend that is widely recognized to define frontiers of knowledge. With strengths in biology, biomedical and life sciences, chemistry, physics, and materials and device engineering, Washington University is uniquely positioned to capitalize on quantum technologies with advanced instrumentation. Our pioneering program will pursue novel research in the areas of astrophysics, quantum devices, and quantum computing algorithm development — catalyzing advances in nuclear theory, biomedical and life sciences, drug discovery, and other far-reaching fields.

Quantum technologies will help us become a leading center for innovation and advanced technology and raise the distinction of Arts & Sciences as a whole.  

Faculty Engagement

David W. Piston

Edward J. Mallinckrodt, Jr. Professor and Head of Cell Biology & Physiology