At the intersection of soft matter physics, biology and physical chemistry, we study physical mechanisms underlying biological processes at the nanoscale. We work closely with experimental colleagues, and our lab is physically situated across two departments:  Department of Physics and Astronomy and the Laboratory for Molecular Cell Biology.

We use methods of soft matter and statistical physics, which are powerful in traversing scales and investigating collective phenomena. Currently we are focused on investigating how biological nano-machinery cuts and reshapes cell membranes, how protein assemblies form and dissolve far from thermodynamic equilibrium, and how pathological aggregates nucleate and spread in the context of neurodegenerative diseases.