The research of the Benedek group centers on phase transitions, self-assembly and aggregation of several biological molecules.
Prof. Chakraborty’s work is focused on developing and applying statistical mechanical methods that can complement biological experiments and clinical data to understand how the adaptive immune system works, and then harness this knowledge to devise vaccines against scourges like HIV.
Ibrahim Cissé uses physical techniques to visualize weak and transient biological interactions, to study emergent phenomena in live cells with single molecule sensitivity.
(photo credit: Matt Staley, HHMI)
Jeremy England’s research is directed towards understanding the patterns of organization in space and time that form the basis of life at the molecular level.
The Gore laboratory uses laboratory populations to experimentally probe fundamental ideas in theoretical ecology, evolutionary dynamics, and systems biology. A major focus of the group is the study of cooperatively growing populations, and in particular how such populations are susceptible to either “cheating” strategies or catastrophic collapse.
Mehran Kardar’s research has mainly focused on the following problems in Statistical Physics: (1) Non-equilibrium collective behaviors, (2) Fluctuation-induced phenomena in QED and Soft Matter, (3) Biologically motivated problems.
Professor Mirny’s research focuses on computational structural and system biology. His multidisciplinary approach combines first-principle physics with the analysis of biological systems such as genes, proteins, and metabolic pathways.
Sebastian Seung’s research focuses on the structure and function of neuronal networks.
Prof. Van Oudenaarden’s group studies the statistical physics of biological networks, such as the role of noise in cellular decision-making, development, and differentiation (note that Prof. van Oudenaarden is on leave and not accepting new graduate students).
van Oudenaarden Group