The explanation of quantum effects in biology is an emerging field of research which concerns itself with the experimental and theoretical explorations of quantum phenomena in biological systems. In this lecture I aim to bring out design principles that nature may be exploiting to make use of quantum effects and I will develop in particular one enderlying theme - the dynamics of quantum dynamical networks in the presence of an environment and the fruitful interplay that the two may enter. I will aim to demonstrate that this interplay has a wider relevance for biology.
Martin B. Plenio is Alexander von Humboldt Professor at Universitat Ulm where he is the Director of the Institute for Theoretical Physics. He was Full Professor of Quantum Optics at Imperial College London, where he directed the Quantum Information Programme of the Institute for Mathematical Physics. Prof. Plenio is a pioneed of the use of Quantum Optics techniques in Quantum Information Science. He made seminal contribution to entanglement theory, quantum information processing, quantum simulation, quantum metrology and quantum biology. Among other awards, Porf. Plenio has received the 2004 Maxwell Medal and Prize, the 2008 Royal Society Clifford Paterson Lecture, the 2012 Born Medal and Prize and one the 2012 ERC Synergy Grants