Massachusetts Institute of Technology
77 Massachusetts Ave. E25-526C
Cambridge, MA 02139
Voice: (617) 452-4862
Fax: (617) 253-7498
Admin. Asst.: Rhonda O'Brien
Voice: (617) 253-9757
Affiliated Graduate Programs:
- HST/Institute of Medical Engineering and Sciences
- MIT Physics
- Harvard Biophysics
- Harvard Bioinformatics and Integrated Genomics (BIG)
The challenge of understanding biological systems from first physical principles is what motivates our research. Biological systems are characterized by remarkable structural complexity at all levels of organization. However, we believe that simple physical models are valuable for describing these systems.
Our laboratory develops multidisciplinary approaches involving:
- Population genetics and evolutionary theory
- Polymer physics theory and simulation
- Statistical interpretation of genome-wide data
A key feature of our approach are the direct collaborations we have with other scientists in the area.
A number of graduate students in the lab are co-advised by an experimentalist. Nearly every student in the lab works directly with our experimental collaborators, contributing both to experimental design, data analysis, and modeling.