Evolutionary Mechanics

2019 ~ Present


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

  • Microscopy
  • Mechanical Testing
  • Individual-based Models
  • Simulations
  • Particle Tracking
  • Experimental Evolution
  • Interferometry
  • 3D Visualization
  • Mechanical Modeling

Academic Majors of Interest

  • ComputingComputer Science
  • EngineeringBiomedical Engineering
  • EngineeringChemical and Biomolecular Engineering
  • EngineeringMaterials Science and Engineering
  • EngineeringMechanical Engineering
  • Other
  • SciencesApplied Physics
  • SciencesBiology
  • SciencesMathematics
  • SciencesPhysics

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.

Meeting Schedule & Location

Meeting Location 
Boggs 2-90B
Meeting Day 

Team Advisors

Dr. Peter Yunker