Assistant Professor of Physics
PhD, Institut Curie - University Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris, France, 2015
Our research is at the interface of complex fluids and biological physics where we focus on understanding the emergence of collective behaviors in highly simplified out-of-equilibrium systems. In particular, our group employs bottom-up approaches with purified cytoskeletal proteins and biological polymers to study the physical principles underlying the self-organization and dynamics of active complex fluids. We also use the framework of liquid crystal physics and soft matter physics to study the organization and dynamics of multi-cellular tissues. Our goal is to understand how cells coordinate their motion, their shape and the mechanical/chemical interactions with their neighbors to give rise to complex collective behaviors.