(Effective Summer 2008) Assistant Professor, Stanford University
Department of Bioengineering

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Postdoctoral Researcher, Princeton University
Department of Molecular Biology working with Professor Ned Wingreen

Ph.D. 2004, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Working with Professor John Joannopoulos

M.Phil., 1999, Cambridge University
Working with Dr. Gunaretnam Rajagopal

Research interests

Bacterial cell shape determination, detection, and maintenance: Computational and experimental studies of Min-protein oscillations, cardiolipin localization, peptidoglycan synthesis, cell division mechanics

  • How does a bacterial cell select a particular shape and maintain that shape through cell division?
  • How can a cell change shape?
  • How does the shape of the cell affect bacterial physiology through protein localization and membrane organization?


  • I have joined the editorial board of PMC Biophysics, a new journal covering a wide range of topics in biological physics.
  • Starting Summer 2008, I will be an Assistant Professor in the Department of Bioengineering at Stanford University.
  • Our study of Min-protein oscillations and cell division site selection in branched E. coli cells is online in J. Bacteriol. (01/08).
  • Our study of cooperative gating and spatial clustering of mechanosensitive channels via membrane-mediated interactions in collaboration with Rob Phillips is out in PLoS Computational Biology (03/07).