group_bowling hiking
At Sacco's Bowl Haven, August 2016 At Welsh and Dickey loop trail, July 2017 At Mt. Monadnock, July 2018 At Cambridge Brewing Company, October 2018
Celebratory lunch at Toscano Greenleaf hut and Lafayette mountain Trapology  

Celebratory lunch at Toscano, May 2019

At Greenleaf hut and Lafayette mountain, July 2019 At Trapology, November 2019  
dinner red fox beat the lock
At Jm Curley after escape room, November 2019

At Red Fox escape room, January 2020

At Beat the Lock (virtual escape room), January 2021
Dinner at the Helmand, October 2022



Ariel Amir, Principal Investigator 


Ariel Amir grew up in Israel and received his B.S. from Hebrew University and his M.S. and Ph.D. from Israel’s Weizmann Institute of Science. In 2011, he came to Harvard University as a Junior Fellow, and in 2014 he joined the Harvard Paulson School as an Assistant Professor of Applied Mathematics and Applied Physics. In 2019 Ariel was promoted to an Associate Professor, and in 2021 named Gordon McKay Professor of Applied Mathematics and Applied Physics.


Prathitha Kar, Graduate Student



Prathitha is interested in finding molecular mechanisms controlling various biological phenomenon using theoretical tools. He is currently studying the size regulation of various organelles like flagella in Chlamydomonas as well as cell cycle progression in bacteria.


Deng Pan, Graduate Student

Applied Physics, G4


Deng is generally interested in the statistical physics and mathematics of disordered and complex systems. He has been working on different topics including disordered photonic crystals and complex networks. Currently he is working on flows in random networks and evolution of biological networks.


Luyi Qiu, Graduate Student

Applied Physics, G4


Luyi’s research is focused on cell growth from a mechanical perspective. She is using tools from elasticity, geometry, and numerical computation to address problems such as how bacteria maintain a robust shape. Most recently, she has been studying instabilities associated with thin, pressurized shells. 




Ethan Levien, Postdoctoral Fellow

Current: Dartmouth University

Ethan is interested in understanding stochastic processes with applications in biological systems. He has worked on problems in chemical reaction network theory and diffusion in random environments. Most recently, he has been studying phenotypic variability in microbes and models of cell cycle progression.


Ahmad Zareei, Postdoctoral Fellow


Ahmad is generally interested in fluid dynamics, nonlinear waves, continuum mechanics, and dynamical systems. He is currently working on the dynamics of networks, including flow in porous media as well as biological networks.

Jie Lin, Postdoctoral Fellow

Current: Professor in Peking University
Jie worked on a variety of different topics including population growth, cell size regulation, evolutionary dynamics and gene expression.


Nitin Upadhyaya, Postdoctoral Fellow

Current: Flame University, Pune

Nitin worked on structural colors stemming from disordered structures.



Paul Dieterle, Graduate Student


Paul works on cell signaling, particularly during immune response, using continuum modeling and numerical simulations.



Jiseon Min, Graduate Student 


Jiseon is generally interested in making a generalized mathematical model for biological phenomena, ranging from protein partitioning inside a cell to intercellular interactions.



Po-Yi Ho, Graduate Student

Current: Huang lab, Stanford University 

Po-Yi's research focused on understanding how cells grow and divide. How do cells regulate and coordinate the timing of their divisions and the replication of their chromosomes? What is the stochastic nature of these processes, and how are they controlled?


Felix Wong, Graduate Student

Current: Collins lab, MIT

Felix's research focused on cell mechanis, and in particular on understanding the subcellular organization and regulatory processes needed for bacteria to maintain a robust shape. He was addressing this question using tools from differential geometry to coarse-grained numerical computation. 

Felix Barber, Graduate Student 

Current: Rojas lab, NYU

Felix studied the regulation of cell size through a combination of theoretical and experimental approaches. He was working on this problem in budding yeast, and had a joint supervision by Andrew Murray.


Yipei Guo, Graduate Student 

Current: Hermundstad lab, Janelia Research Campus 

Yipei worked on problems related to microbial evolutionary dynamics as well as the stability of gene regulatory networks and random matrix theory.


Caleb Q. Cook, Undergraduate Student 
Current: Stanford University

Physics and Mathematics, Class of 2015

Caleb was studying the optical properties of slowly chirped dielectric mirrors and their applications in biological systems, such as butterflies and beetles. 


Michael Landry, Undergraduate Student 

Current: Columbia University

Physics and Mathematics, Class of 2016

Michael developed mathematical models for the dynamics of the "Euler disk", a toy manifesting a finite-time singularity.


Mark Arildsen, Undergraduate Student 

Current: UCSB

Physics and Mathematics, Class of 2016

Mark was developing optical models for the chirally selective reflectors found in the elytra of a number of species of scarab beetle.

Olumakinde Ogunnaike, Undergraduate Student 

Current: MIT

Physics, Class of 2017 

Makinde was modeling the diffusive behavior of quantum mechanical wavepackets in noisy environments.

Adam Frim, Undergraduate Student 

Current: Berkeley

Physics, Class of 2018

Adam was modeling the dynamics of the Euler's Disk with a particular focus on observed auditory events.


Nisarga Paul, Undergraduate Student 

Current: MIT

Physics, Class of 2019

Nisarga was modeling the diffusion of quantum mechanical wavepackets on a lattice arising from time-dependent noise.