Dennis Bray
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Dennis Bray
Dennis Bray
AwardsMicrosoft European Science Award (2007)
Scientific career
Fieldscomputational biology, microbiology, neurobiology
InstitutionsUniversity of Cambridge

Dennis Bray is an active emeritus professor at University of Cambridge. His group is also part of the Oxford Centre for Integrative Systems Biology. After a first career in Neurobiology, working on cell growth and movement, Dennis Bray moved in Cambridge to develop computational models of cell signaling, in particular in relation to bacterial chemotaxis.

On 3 November 2006 he was awarded the Microsoft European Science Award for his work on chemotaxis of E. coli.[1][2]


  • Wetware: A Computer in Every Living Cell (2009) ISBN 0-300-14173-4, ISBN 978-0-300-14173-3[3]
  • Essential Cell Biology (2003) (with Bruce Alberts, Karen Hopkin, Alexander Jonhson, Julian Lewis, Martin Raff, Keith Roberts, Peter Walter) ISBN 0-8153-3480-X, ISBN 978-0-8153-3480-4
  • Cell Movements: From Molecules to Motility (2000) ISBN 0-8153-3282-3, ISBN 978-0-8153-3282-4
  • Essential Cell Biology: An Introduction to the Molecular Biology of the Cell (1997) (with Bruce Alberts, Alexander Johnson, Julian Lewis, Martin Raff, Keith Roberts, Peter Walter) ISBN 0-8153-2971-7, ISBN 978-0-8153-2971-8
  • Molecular Biology of the Cell (3rd ed, 1994) (with Bruce Alberts, Julian Lewis, Martin Raff, Keith Roberts, James D. Watson) ISBN 0-8153-1927-4, ISBN 978-0-8153-1927-6
  • Cell Movements (1992) ISBN 0-8153-0717-9, ISBN 978-0-8153-0717-4
  • Molecular Biology of the Cell (2nd ed, 1989) (with Bruce Alberts, Keith Roberts, Julian Lewis, Martin Raff) ISBN 0-8240-3695-6, ISBN 978-0-8240-3695-9
  • Molecular Biology of the Cell (1st ed, 1982) (with Bruce Alberts, Keith Roberts, Julian Lewis, Martin Raff, James D Watson) ISBN 0-8240-7283-9, ISBN 978-0-8240-7283-4

Main scientific publications

  • Bray D (1970) Surface movements during growth of single explanted neurons. Proc Natl Acad Sci USA,
  • Bray D (1973) Model for Membrane Movements in the Neural Growth Cone. Nature, 244: 93 - 96
  • Bray D, White JG (1988) Cortical flow in animal cells. Science, 239: 883-888
  • Bray D (1990) Intracellular signalling as a parallel distributed process. Journal of Theoretical Biology, 143: 215-231
  • Bray D (1995) Protein molecules as computational elements in living cells. Nature, 376: 307-312
  • Bray D, Levin MD, Morton-Firth CJ (1998) Receptor clustering as a cellular mechanism to control sensitivity. Nature, 393: 85-88

Mention in Popular Science[vague]

Professor Franklin M. Harold writes "The theme [of a protein's shape and functionality being altered by interaction with its environment] comes with numerous variations, some of which are discussed in a thought-provoking article by Dennis Bray [author references Dr. Bray's 1995 article] that examines proteins as information-processing devices."[4]


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