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PhysiCell: an open source physics-based cell simulator


Project goals Back to top

PhysiCell aims to provide a robust, scalable code for simulating large systems of cells in 3-D tissues on standard desktop computers. Among our design goals:

Method, accuracy, and performance Back to top

Screenshots and examples Back to top

Coming soon ...

Licensing and disclaimers Back to top

PhysiCell will most likely be licensed under the GNL General Public License (GPL) v3. Commercial users should contact us for alternative licensing.

PhysiCell is an academic/scientific code, and it should not be used as the basis for individual medical decisions. (That's what peer review, clinical trials, and FDA oversight are for!) Always consult your physician when making medical decisions.

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PhysiCell is still undergoing internal code testing, cleanup, and documentation. It will later be available on SourceForge.

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For support, please contact Paul Macklin.

If you plan to use PhysiCell in a grant proposal, please consider including Paul Macklin as a consultant for more dedicated support.

Development Roadmap Back to top

More soon.

How to Cite PhysiCell Back to top

For now, please reference PhysiCell by the project website at We will update this citation information once PhysiCell has been submitted for publication.

You can also cite an earlier (2-D) version of the model by our 2012 paper in the Journal of Theoretical Biology:

P. Macklin, M.E. Edgerton, A.M. Thompson, and V. Cristini. Patient-calibrated agent-based modelling of ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS): From microscopic measurements to macroscopic predictions of clinical progression. J. Theor. Biol. 301:122-40, 2012. DOI: 10.1016/j.jtbi.2012.02.002.

Some Publications and Projects that cite PhysiCell

Nothing just yet. :-)

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