I am interested in understanding collective and emergent behavior in out-of-equilibrium and disordered systems. My research employs methods in theoretical and computation condensed matter physics and applies to a wide range of biological and non-biological systems.
Working in close collaboration with experimentalists, the group focuses on the following problems in cell and tissue mechanics:
- Mechnosensing and Mechanotransduction during collective cell migration.
- Biomechanical models for morphogenesis and embryogenesis.
- Understanding the relationship between cell shapes and tissue-level mechanical response.
- Understanding the relationship between cell stiffness and tissue rigidity in primary tumors.
- Pattern formation and collective behavior in epithelial wound closure.
- How mechanical cues affect the epithelial-to-mesenchymal transition.
In soft condensed matter physics, the group focuses on:
- Designing bio-inspired amorphous metamaterials with special photonic and sonic properties.
- Non-linear rheology of dense active suspensions.
- Origin of force chains in frictional granular matter.