Dr. Sathish Akella, PhD
Dr. Rafael Cabanas, PhD
Dr. Michael Heymann, PhD
Overview of the group
Our group studies a broad range of topics in Soft Matter. We utilize a variety of methods and approaches covering experiment, theory, and simulation. Our research interests lie squarely in the intersection of physics, chemistry, biology and materials science. Our lab is interdisciplinary, but we are also involved in several multi-investigator projects. Current areas of interest are Active Matter, coupled non-linear chemical oscillators, protein crystallization, microfluidics, colloidal liquid crystals, DNA - colloid self-assembly.
After 60 years Turing's theory of morphogenesis has finally been tested directly in the lab. We've recently published a paper testing Turing's hypothesis and demonstrated chemophysical morphogenesis in chemical cells. Click on the image for more.