• Welcome to the Amir Group.

  • We use mathematical and physical modeling

    to elucidate a diverse set of phenomena, from regulatory processes of bacteria to aging behavior in materials science.

  • Explore our research.

    Key themes in our lab are disordered systems and stochastic processes, and the interface of physics and biology.

About us

Our research centers on the theory of complex systems and biophysics, applied to a broad spectrum of problems. This includes the physics of living systems and materials science, and our research is often done in collaboration with experimental groups. Key themes of our lab include stochastic processes, disordered systems, and coarse-grained modeling of complex processes. 

Check out our Research page to learn more about our current projects.


Ariel Amir
School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
Harvard University
29 Oxford Street
Cambridge, MA 02138 USA
Office: Pierce 321

Email: arielamir@seas.harvard.edu
Tel: (617) 495-5818
Fax: (617) 495-9837

Assistant: Jessa S. Piaia
Office: Pierce Hall 310
Phone: (617) 496-9676

Areas of Interest

  • Biophysics of Bacterial Growth
    • Mechanics of bacterial cell walls; regulation of bacterial growth; cell cycle control in microorganisms, focusing on bacteria and budding yeast.
  • Structural Coloration
    • Disorder effects and multilayer interference phenomena in nature.
  • Theory of Glasses
    • Aging and slow relaxations; out-of-equilibrium systems; dynamics and noise

Latest News

How cells tick

February 2, 2016

New work sheds light on the structure of the cell cycle in bacteria and budding yeast


Recent Publications

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We anticipate openings at the intersection of physics, applied mathematics, and biology. The candidate should have a strong quantitative background. The position can start at any time. Qualified persons are advised to send their CV and names of references.

Harvard is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from under-represented groups such as women and minorities.