Faculty

Murat Acar


Department(s): Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology

Areas of interest: Understanding how gene networks are rewired while cells evolve in controlled laboratory environments using experimental, theoretical and computational approaches


Research Thrust(s): Method Development, Cell Fate, Modeling Biological Processes, Systems & Synthetic Biology

David Baddeley


Department(s): Cell Biology

Areas of interest: Chemical Biology; Development; Neurobiology; Regenerative Biology /Stem Cells


Research Thrust(s): Force Generation & Sensing, Method Development, Cell Fate, Modeling Biological Processes

Shirin Bahmanyar


Department(s): Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology

Areas of interest: Nuclear dynamics during cell division and organismal development, mechanisms that divide organelle structure, defining functions of inner nuclear membrane proteins in the organization of single cells and complex tissues.


Research Thrust(s): Cell Shape & Dynamics, Cell Fate

Sean Barrett


Department(s): Applied Physics, Physics

Areas of interest: Experimental condensed matter physics; NMR method development


Research Thrust(s): Method Development

Julien Berro


Department(s): Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry

Areas of interest: Actin and cytoskeleton; clatherin mediated endocytosis; mathematical modeling combined with experiment; imaging


Research Thrust(s): Informatics & Data Mining, Modeling Biological Processes, Systems & Synthetic Biology

Joerg Bewersdorf


Department(s): Biomedical Engineering, Cell Biology

Areas of interest: Super resolution imaging; nanoscopy


Research Thrust(s): Method Development, Informatics & Data Mining

Marcus Bosenberg


Department(s): Dermatology, Pathology

Areas of interest: Melanoma biology; soft tissue tumors


Research Thrust(s): Cell Shape & Dynamics, Informatics & Data Mining, Cell Fate

Stuart Campbell


Department(s): Biomedical Engineering, Cellular and Molecular Physiology

Areas of interest: Understanding mechanisms that underlie genetics forms of heart disease using computational and experimental tools and approaches.


Research Thrust(s): Force Generation & Sensing, Method Development, Modeling Biological Processes

Hui Cao


Department(s): Applied Physics, Physics

Areas of interest: Biophotonics; Nanophotonics; Complex optical materials and phenomena


Research Thrust(s): Biomaterials & Bioinspired Design

John Carlson


Department(s): Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology

Areas of interest: Chemosensory preception in insects


Research Thrust(s): Systems & Synthetic Biology

Damon Clark


Department(s): Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology

Areas of interest: Neuronal computation


Research Thrust(s): Systems & Synthetic Biology

Enrique De La Cruz


Department(s): Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry

Areas of interest: Molecular motors, cytoskeleton, polymer mechanics


Research Thrust(s): Cell Shape & Dynamics, Force Generation & Sensing, Modeling Biological Processes

Thierry Emonet


Department(s): Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology, Physics

Areas of interest: Live cell and animal information processing and decision making; combining experiments and computational modeling


Research Thrust(s): Modeling Biological Processes, Systems & Synthetic Biology

Rong Fan


Department(s): Biomedical Engineering

Areas of interest: Combining single-cell analysis technology and systems biology to study cell-cell communication and cellular heterogeneity in human cancers and the immune system.


Research Thrust(s): Cell Shape & Dynamics, Force Generation & Sensing, Method Development, Systems & Synthetic Biology

Paul Forscher


Department(s): Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology

Areas of interest: Actin assembly; cytoskeletal protein dynamics; cellular motion; microscopy


Research Thrust(s): Cell Shape & Dynamics, Force Generation & Sensing

Ziad Ganim


Department(s): Chemistry

Areas of interest: Developing and applying single molecule spectroscopies with structural resolution.


Research Thrust(s): Force Generation & Sensing, Method Development

Mark Gerstein


Department(s): Biomedical Informatics, Computer Science

Areas of interest: Bioinformatics; biological database design, genomics; human genome annotation; gene expression analysis; data mining; macromolecular structure and function


Research Thrust(s): Method Development, Informatics & Data Mining, Modeling Biological Processes

Scott Holley


Department(s): Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology

Areas of interest: Systems biology and biomechanics of musculoskeletal axis development in zebrafish.


Research Thrust(s): Force Generation & Sensing, Cell Fate, Modeling Biological Processes, Systems & Synthetic Biology

Valerie Horsley


Department(s): Dermatology, Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology

Areas of interest: Stem cells; wound healing; cellular mechanics


Research Thrust(s): Cell Shape & Dynamics, Force Generation & Sensing, Cell Fate

Joe Howard


Department(s): Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry, Physics

Areas of interest: Biochemical and biophysical basis of cell shape and motion; cytoskeletal mechanics


Research Thrust(s): Cell Shape & Dynamics, Force Generation & Sensing, Method Development, Modeling Biological Processes, Systems & Synthetic Biology, Biomaterials & Bioinspired Design

Jay Humphrey


Department(s): Biomedical Engineering

Areas of interest: Vascular mechanics; mechanobiology; computational modeling and wet lab experiments


Research Thrust(s): Force Generation & Sensing, Modeling Biological Processes

Farren Isaacs


Department(s): Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology

Areas of interest: Systems biology; genome engineering; complex biological behaviors; engineered RNAs


Research Thrust(s): Modeling Biological Processes, Systems & Synthetic Biology

Christine Jacobs-Wagner


Department(s): Microbial Pathogenesis, Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology

Areas of interest: Spatial and temporal mechanisms in bacterial physiology, including chromosome dynamics, cell division, cell morphogenesis, and RNA biology


Research Thrust(s): Cell Shape & Dynamics, Cell Fate

Erdem Karatekin


Department(s): Cellular and Molecular Physiology

Areas of interest: Membrane fusion, dynamics of lipid membranes, imaging


Research Thrust(s): Cell Shape & Dynamics, Method Development

Jaehong Kim


Department(s): Chemical & Environmental Engineering

Areas of interest: Antimicrobial/biocidal surface development and application of nanomaterials for water treatment


Research Thrust(s): Method Development, Biomaterials & Bioinspired Design

Megan King


Department(s): Cell Biology

Areas of interest: Nuclear mechanics; DNA repair; chromatin, nuclear envelope and cytoskeletal interconnectedness and structure


Research Thrust(s): Force Generation & Sensing, Method Development

Yuval Kluger


Department(s): Pathology

Areas of interest: Method development and analysis of genomic patters; cancer biomaker discovery; epigenetics


Research Thrust(s): Method Development, Informatics & Data Mining, Cell Fate

Anthony Koleske


Department(s): Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry, Neurobiology

Areas of interest: Cellular shape and motility; biochemical dissection of signaling pathways; regulation of normal and cancer cell migration; and formation, function and stability of neural connections


Research Thrust(s): Cell Shape & Dynamics

Alex Kwan


Department(s): Neurobiology, Psychiatry

Areas of interest: Neural basis of attentional and working memory behaviors; neuronal circuits; optical imaging


Research Thrust(s): Method Development, Systems & Synthetic Biology

Andre Levchenko


Department(s): Biomedical Engineering

Areas of interest: Systems Biology; Signal Transduction and Cell-Cell Communication; Cell Decision Making; Microfluidics and Micro- and Nano-fabrication; Stem Cell Engineering


Research Thrust(s): Method Development, Cell Fate, Modeling Biological Processes

Michael Mak


Department(s): Biomedical Engineering

Areas of interest: Multiscale mechanobiology in cancer and development, from molecular to multicellular levels, integrating microfluidics, wet-lab experiments, and computational approaches.


Research Thrust(s): Cell Shape & Dynamics, Force Generation & Sensing, Cell Fate, Modeling Biological Processes, Systems & Synthetic Biology

Nikhil Malvankar


Department(s): Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry

Areas of interest: Understanding how bacteria employ pili nanowires to carry out respiration, cell-to-cell communication and attachment to host surfaces to cause infections


Research Thrust(s): Force Generation & Sensing, Method Development, Biomaterials & Bioinspired Design

David McCormick


Department(s): Neurobiology, Psychology

Areas of interest: Cellular mechanism of cortical function


Research Thrust(s): Systems & Synthetic Biology

Kathryn Miller-Jensen


Department(s): Biomedical Engineering, Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology

Areas of interest: HIV latency; signaling pathways; high-throughput single cell analysis; computational, experimental and systems-level approaches


Research Thrust(s): Method Development, Modeling Biological Processes, Systems & Synthetic Biology

Andrew Miranker


Department(s): Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry

Areas of interest: Protein self-assembly; protein folding and dynamics; amyloid


Research Thrust(s): Cell Fate, Biomaterials & Bioinspired Design

Simon Mochrie


Department(s): Applied Physics, Physics

Areas of interest: Biomaterials and surfaces; optical tweezers; atomic force microscopy; phase transitions of soft matter


Research Thrust(s): Force Generation & Sensing, Method Development, Informatics & Data Mining, Cell Fate, Modeling Biological Processes, Biomaterials & Bioinspired Design

John Murray


Department(s): Psychiatry

Areas of interest: Computational neuroscience


Research Thrust(s): Method Development, Informatics & Data Mining, Modeling Biological Processes, Systems & Synthetic Biology

Michael Murrell


Department(s): Biomedical Engineering

Areas of interest: Cytoskeleton, Motor Proteins, Membranes, Cellular Mechanics


Research Thrust(s): Cell Shape & Dynamics, Force Generation & Sensing, Method Development, Modeling Biological Processes, Systems & Synthetic Biology, Biomaterials & Bioinspired Design

Corey O'Hern


Department(s): Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science, Physics

Areas of interest: Theoretical and computational studies of soft matter; protein folding, aggregation and self-assembly; mechanical properties of cells and tissues


Research Thrust(s): Cell Shape & Dynamics, Method Development, Informatics & Data Mining, Modeling Biological Processes, Biomaterials & Bioinspired Design

Chinedum Osuji


Department(s): Chemical & Environmental Engineering

Areas of interest: Structure and dynamics of soft matter and complex fluids; directed self-assembly; development of functional materials and devices


Research Thrust(s): Biomaterials & Bioinspired Design

Thomas Pollard


Department(s): Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology

Areas of interest: Molecular basis of cell motility and cytokenesis


Research Thrust(s): Cell Shape & Dynamics, Force Generation & Sensing, Informatics & Data Mining

Richard Prum


Department(s): Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Ornithology

Areas of interest: Avian feather evolution; structural color; avian color vision; avian phylogenetics and behavioral evolution


Research Thrust(s): Cell Fate, Biomaterials & Bioinspired Design

Anna Marie Pyle


Department(s): Chemistry, Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology

Areas of interest: RNA remodeling enzymes; RNA tertiary structure; molecular virology; computational studies of RNA structure


Research Thrust(s): Method Development

Lynne Regan


Department(s): Chemistry, Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry

Areas of interest: Protein engineering and biomaterials; structure, function and stability; and protein-protein and protein-nucleic acid interactions


Research Thrust(s): Cell Fate, Systems & Synthetic Biology, Biomaterials & Bioinspired Design

Alvaro Sanchez


Department(s): Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Areas of interest: microbial evolution; social strategies within microbial communities; microbial interaction networks and community dynamics; combining mathematical modeling with experiments


Research Thrust(s): Modeling Biological Processes, Systems & Synthetic Biology

Charles Sindelar


Department(s): Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry

Areas of interest: Molecular motors; cytoskeleton; cryo-electron microscopy


Research Thrust(s): Cell Shape & Dynamics

Patrick Sung


Department(s): Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry, Therapeutic Radiology

Areas of interest: Homologous recombination; DNA souble strand repair in Eukaryotes


Research Thrust(s): Cell Fate

Madhusudhan Venkadesan


Department(s): Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science

Areas of interest: Biomechanics, biologically inspired design, combining theory and experiment


Research Thrust(s): Force Generation & Sensing, Method Development, Modeling Biological Processes, Biomaterials & Bioinspired Design

Elsa Yan


Department(s): Chemistry

Areas of interest: Biomolecular interactions at interfaces; signal transduction across biomembranes; molecular mechanism of vision


Research Thrust(s): Cell Fate

Yongli Zhang


Department(s): Cell Biology

Areas of interest: Folding and assembly of proteins involved in membrane fusion; chromatin remodelers and ATP dependent translocases; single-molecule biophysics; optical tweezers


Research Thrust(s): Force Generation & Sensing

Steven Zucker


Department(s): Computer Science, Electrical Engineering

Areas of interest: Computational vision, including early vision, grouping, and generic shape analysis


Research Thrust(s): Method Development