Physics of Biological Assemblies


We're interested in the physics governing the function of biological assemblies. Highly organized biological assemblies are found throughout nature ranging from the chromosome in many bacterial species to self-assembled biopolymer networks in the cellular cytoskeleton. In particular, we study how nucleoid-associated proteins collectively conduct the organization and segregation of the bacterial chromosome. We're also interested in cytoskeletal and extra-cellular biopolymer networks that structure cells and tissue, including their transport, dynamical and mechanical properties.