Members: Please place your sketch in alphabetical order by last name
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Tommaso Biancalani

I am a theoretical statistical physicist interested in population dynamics and stochastic processes. From Sep 205 I will join Jeff Gore's lab (MIT) for studying collective behavior of microbial communities. My homepage gives access to more details about my work

Dan Bolon

is an associate professor in Biochemistry and Molecular Pharmacology at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. His group studies the relationships between protein sequence, function, and fitness using high-throughput experimental approaches.
UMass website

Chico Camargo

I am a PhD student at Oxford University, studying evolutionary systems biology and working with Dr. Ard Louis on the evolution of gene networks and complexity.

Fred Chang

is a professor at Columbia University (and will be moving to UCSF soon). He is a cell biologist who enjoys interacting with physicists. His lab is focused on cell morphogenesis, shapes and size, primarly in fission yeast S. pombe. Research interests include cytokinesis, cell shape, cell wall, microtubules, actin, and cell size control.
Lab website

Shelley Copley

is a professor in Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology at the University of Colorado Boulder. She works on the evolution of enzymes and metabolic pathways in the context of the complex metabolic and regulatory networks in bacteria.

Tal Einav

is a theoretical biophysicist at Caltech working with Rob Phillips. He is highly interested in the MWC model and its vast effects in diverse biological phenomena. He has also had a fun time making a website for the first time.

Erwin Frey
is a theoretical biophysicist at LMU Munich. For his research interests see the web page

Jorge G. T. Zañudo

is a physics PhD student at The Pennsylvania State University, where he works with Réka Albert. He is interested in modeling the dynamics of the intracellular networks underlying complex diseases such as cancer, and has a particular interest in how the structure and logic of the interactions in such networks determines the associated healthy and diseased cell fates. Some more information about him can be found in this website.

Matt Good

is an assistant professor in Cell and Developmental Biology at the University of Pennsylvania. His group researches the mechanisms of consequences of organelle size regulation.

Paul Higgs

is a professor of Biophysics at McMaster University (Hamilton, Ontario). Interests include RNA World and the Origin of Life; Bacterial Genome Evolution and Horizontal Gene Transfer; Codon Usage Evolution; Major Transitions in evolution (chromosomes, cells, multicellularity, cooperation etc). See Web page.

Greg Huber

is a biophysicist and a Deputy Director at the KITP. He works on the biomechanics of the endoplasmic reticulum and other cellular organelles.

Jean-Daniel Julien

is a PhD student at the ENS Lyon, France. He works on plant development, supervised by Arezki Boudaoud.

Christian Landry

is an associate professor in Biology at Université Laval (Québec, Canada). His group is interested in the evolution of gene and protein networks as well as in the biology of adaptation and species formation in the wild from a cell's perspective. See lab website

Michael Lynch

works in the areas of genetics, genomics, evolution, with a specific interest in the mechanisms of evolution at the population-genetic and cellular levels. The lab works on a model microcrustacean Daphnia, a model ciliate Paramecium, and a wide range of prokaryotes, with a general goal of integrating empirical and theoretical work. Some of our activities, papers, and my son's music can be found at

Michael Manhart

is a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology at Harvard, where he works with Eugene Shakhnovich. He is interested in molecular evolution, systems biology, and statistical physics (website).

Wallace Marshall

is an electrical engineer who studies cell biology, with the long-term goal of understanding how cells solve geometry problems. His group at UCSF is currently studying cell geometry at the level of individual organelles (focusing on cilia as a model system to understand organelle size regulation) and whole cells (focusing on development and regeneration in the giant single celled organism Stentor coeruleus).

Rick Michod

is a Professor in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Arizona. The Michod Lab is studying the evolution of multicellularity and sex in the volvocine green algae as examples of evolutionary transitions in individuality. We use methods from theoretical population biology, genomics, ecology, and philosophy. Please see our website at

Anna Panchenko

is a lead scientist in the NCBI, NIH. She is working on molecular mechanisms of protein-protein binding, effects of disease causing mutations on proteins and their complexes, regulation of protein activity and binding. Her research team tries to integrate the systems biology and molecular biophysics approaches to allows: - to identify protein interaction partners and binding sites on proteins; - to construct protein interactomes with resolved binding interfaces, - to predict the effects and mechanisms of disease missense mutations and post-translational modifications on protein binding affinity; - to explore the molecular dynamics of nucleosomes. Group website

Kimberly Reynolds

is an assistant professor in Systems Biology and Biophysics at UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, Texas. She is developing statistical tools for the analysis of conservation and co-evolution in genomic data. Her lab is beginning to experimentally test the resulting models through experiments in (1) central folate metabolism and (2) the bacterial flagellum

Shelley Sazer

is a cell biologist and geneticist at Baylor College of Medicine.

Ned Wingreen

is a biophysical theorist at Princeton. He works primarily on bacteria, including intracellular networks and multi-cell communities.