About us

Our research centers on the theory of complex systems and biophysics, applied to a broad spectrum of problems, mainly in the context of the physics of living systems. Our research is often done in collaboration with experimental groups. Key themes of our lab include mathematical modeling of cell growth and mechanics, both at the single-cell level and the population level, stochastic processes, disordered systems, and coarse-grained modeling of complex processes. 


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


Congrats^2 to Ethan

February 22, 2021
Congratulations to Ethan on the birth of his daughter and on accepting a faculty position at Dartmouth!

New papers and congrats to Yipei

February 21, 2021
New paper together with the Mannik lab on the coupling of DNA
replication and division in E. coli. Congratulations to Jie on
his paper on intrinsic vs. extrinsic noise published in PRL and
to Yipei on starting her postdoc at Janelia.


January 15, 2021

Yipei's paper on the stability of gene regulatory networks is now published:



Well done to Paul on his new paper on diffusive waves, showing when the continuum description is adequate and when it fails, with rather counterintuitive results:



A big congratulations to Jie on starting as a professor in Peking University! Jie's paper on the dynamics of gene expression, with surprising connections to statistical physics, is now in press in PRL (https://www.biorxiv.org/content/10.1101/2020.08.26.268722v1).