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Our research focuses on a variety of problems in biophysicssoft condensed matter and the interface between the two fields. We use theoretical and computational techniques from a variety of areas in soft matter and statistical mechanics including polymer physics, elasticity and anomalous transport. 

Within biophysics, our primary research area is Biological Transport. We focus on understanding how transport occurs in biological systems across different levels of organization and scale - ranging from macromolecules and vesicles being transported within the cell and across membranes to cells to communities of cells and higher animals across geographical scales.

In addition, we are involved in a number of other projects including cytoskeletal network dynamics, biopolymer aggregates, chemotaxis, drug design, wrinkling/crumpling of elastic sheets, transport in disordered and/or confined geometries and fluctuation induced forces.

Our group is affiliated with the following graduate groups: Quantitative and Systems Biology,BioengineeringMechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics and Physics.

Project pages: Biological Transport in Complex Environments(JSMF)    Stochastic Transport Across Scales(NSF)


Our paper on the copolymer brush structure and function of the nuclear pore appears in Biophysical Journal (May 2014)

David Ando wins a Graduate Dean's Dissertation Year Award (April 2014)! Congrats David!

Robby Puccinelli wins the SNS Outstanding Undergraduate Student Award and the UCM Research Week Best Poster Award (March 2014)!! Congrats Robby

David Quint gives an invited talk at Symposium on " Collective Motion Across Scales" at the American Physical Society March meeting in Denver.

We are organizing an invited session on "Collective motion across scales: From Proteins to Animals" atAPS March Meeting 2014 in Denver

David Ando's paper on the "physical bioinformatics" of disordered nucleoporin sequences published in PLoS ONE

Postdoc Nickolay Korabel starts a new position at University of Manchester

Kostas Tsekouras's  paper on designing nanocarriers for high specificity cancer therapeutics published in PLoS ONE

We are organizing a workshop at the Aspen Center for Physics on - "Functional Biological Assemblies" - May 27-June 30, 2013

Grad student Katie Copenhagen joins the group. Welcome Katie!

Work on the mechanism of FtsZ ring force generation is published in PNAS

Amanda Miguel is going to Stanford Bioengineering for grad school! Congrats Amanda!

Alan Blatt is going to UC Irvine Physics for grad school on a Chancellor's Felloship. Congrats Alan!

Postdoc David Quint joins the group                                  Postdoc Nickolay Korabel joins the group

Postdoc Kostas Tsekouras joins the group                        Physical Review Focus story on Igor's PRL

We win an NSF-Advancing Theory in Biology grant           Igor obtains his Ph.D!

We win the 2010 George E. Brown, Jr. Award                  AG wins a James S. McDonnell Foundation Award

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