To discover how evolution acts on materials properties in microbial systems. Use experiments, simulations, and analytical theory to elucidate how biological fitness and function emerge from physical principles.
Issues Involved or Addressed
Evolution is a fundamental biological process. However, it acts on organisms with physical bodies. We will utilize experimental evolution, mechanical measurements, simulations, and analytical theory to understand the intertwined nature of biology and physics.
Methods and Technologies
Academic Majors of Interest
Preferred Interests and Preparation
Major(s) Physics, Applied Physics, Materials Science & Engineering, Mechanical Engineering: Interest in biophysics, materials properties, statistical mechanics.
Major(s) Biology, Biomedical Engineering, Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering: Interest in microbiology, how physical properties affect biological function.
Major(s) Applied Mathematics, Computer Science: Interest in image analysis, physics-based simulations.