Hobbies: Hiking, camping, convincing students to do difficult experiments.
Projects: Anna is widely interested in how complex model systems are responding and adapting to changes in the environment. She is trying to understand in what manner systems, ranging from single-cells to whole organisms, change in the presence of environmental pressures and what determines their ability to increase survivability at a macroscale.
Hobbies: Painting, outdoor adventures, riding horses.
Projects: Alon is interested in the effects of the spatial structure of living tissue on cell to cell communication. Using advanced optical tools to image molecular interactions, he studies how cells move and communicate during the process of wound healing in living organs.
Hobbies: Cooking, building things.
Projects: Jen is studying the spatiotemporal dynamics of cytokine signaling after wounding. By combining imaging with ex vivo organ culture and quantitative tools, she hopes to gain a better understanding of how wounds heal and why they sometimes don’t.
Hobbies: Books (especially sci fi/fantasy), food, dogs (especially pitbulls), science.
Projects: Alok uses theoretical and statistical approaches to study the functionality of cellular signaling networks to encode and decode extracellular signals. He also studies potential factors behind cell-to-cell variability.
Hobbies: Outdoor games, reading, listening to music.
Projects: Rob is developing a multiplexed smFISH measurement technique. He wants to use this technique to observe how cells are distributed in a joint gene expression state-space in order to pose questions about these distributions.
Hobbies: Board games, live music, brews with buds.
Projects: Ryan studies the steps in the central dogma of biology using quantitative fluorescent microscopy. By quantifying the expression noise and variability generated at each step, he hopes to uncover the dominant sources of cellular variability. This will build the overall goal of determining whether cellular variability represents a fundamental limit of biochemical accuracy, or whether it is a functional biology property of a cellular population.
Hobbies: Cats, fencing, piano, board games.
Projects: Bu is using a microfluidic wounding device to detect a tissue-scaled gradient of hydrogren peroxide in mammalian tissue. She is interested in understanding how this tissue-scaled hydrogren peroxide is generated and controlled.
Hobbies: Cooking, art, running.
Projects: Maeve studies covariance in gene expression variability using fluorescence microscopy techniques.
Hobbies: Meeting new people, cooking, traveling.