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Research Interests

Amaral conducts and directs research that provides insight into the emergence, evolution, and stability of complex social and biological systems.  His research aims to address some of the most pressing challenges facing human societies and the world's ecosystems, including the mitigation of errors in healthcare settings, the characterization of the conditions fostering innovation and creativity, or the growth limits imposed by sustainability.

Education/Academic qualification

Physics, PhD, Boston University

… → 1996

Physics, MS, Universidade de Lisboa

Physics, BS, Universidade de Lisboa


  • system-level modeling of biological processes
  • Complex networks in nature
  • study of innovation and creativity

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scaling Physics & Astronomy
economics Physics & Astronomy
Fluctuations Mathematics
exponents Physics & Astronomy
Scaling Mathematics
Food Chain Medicine & Life Sciences
Economics Mathematics
Statistical Physics Mathematics

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Research Output 1993 2018

Diversity of translation initiation mechanisms across bacterial species is driven by environmental conditions and growth demands

Hockenberry, A. J., Stern, A. J., Amaral, L. A. N. & Jewett, M. C. Jan 1 2018 In : Molecular Biology and Evolution. 35, 3, p. 582-592 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

translation (genetics)
environmental conditions
environmental factors
2 Citations

Economic insecurity and the rise in gun violence at US schools

Pah, A. R., Hagan, J., Jennings, A. L., Jain, A., Albrecht, K., Hockenberry, A. J. & Amaral, L. A. N. Feb 8 2017 In : Nature Human Behaviour. 1, 2, 0040

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Information Storage and Retrieval
5 Citations
Messenger RNA
Untranslated Regions
Initiator Codon

Long-range correlations and fractal dynamics in C. elegans: Changes with aging and stress

Alves, L. G. A., Winter, P. B., Ferreira, L. N., Brielmann, R. M., Morimoto, R. I. & Amaral, L. A. N. Aug 29 2017 In : Physical Review E. 96, 2, 022417

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Long-range Correlations
2 Citations

The Intersection of Aging Biology and the Pathobiology of Lung Diseases: A Joint NHLBI/NIA Workshop

Budinger, G. R. S. , Kohanski, R. A. , Gan, W. , Kobor, M. S. , Amaral, L. A. , Armanios, M. , Kelsey, K. T. , Pardo, A. , Tuder, R. , Macian, F. , Chandel, N. , Vaughan, D. , Rojas, M. , Mora, A. L. , Kovacs, E. , Duncan, S. R. , Finkel, T. , Choi, A. , Eickelberg, O. , Chen, D. & 8 others Agusti, A., Selman, M., Balch, W. E., Busse, P., Lin, A., Morimoto, R., Sznajder, J. I. & Thannickal, V. J. Oct 12 2017 In : The journals of gerontology. Series A, Biological sciences and medical sciences. 72, 11, p. 1492-1500 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (U.S.)
Lung Diseases
Chronic Disease