• Straightening E. coli

    Welcome to the Amir Group.

  • Measuring the size of bacteria

    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.


Group updates

June 11, 2018
New paper by Felix Wong on the physics of bacterial lysis (link), and
new paper by Jie providing an exactly solvable model for population
growth in the presence of variability at the single-cell level (link).

Group updates

May 21, 2018
- Review on modeling cell size control is now out in Annual Review of
Biophysics, link

- Paper on asymmetric damage/benefits segregation with undergraduate
student Jiseon Min and Jie Lin now on the arxiv: link

- Paper with Nathalie Balaban on "Learning from Noise" makes the cover
of Trends in Microbiology


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: Melissa Majkut
Office: Pierce Hall 310
Phone: (617) 496-5167