This is an exciting time for physicists studying living systems because the toolkit for manipulating and measuring these systems now allows us to work toward turning lists of parts and facts into general principles. Our laboratory uses theory and experiments to uncover such quantitative, mathematical laws as well as new phenomena in systems of interacting genes and cells. The following are examples of research questions we are currently interested in:

– What are the quantitative laws of ‘system failure’ in biology?

– How can fragility in biological systems be detected?

– What are the quantitative laws of decision-making?

The model organisms that we use are the yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae and the nematode Caenorhabditis elegans.