The objective of this project is to understand the spatiotemporal dynamics of energy usage in cells, how cells partition energy into different cellular processes and the associated energetic constraints.
We are developing techniques to measure and model mechanical forces in tissues and embryos. The goal is to understand how mechanical forces impact collective cell migration and morphogenesis.
Active particles dissipate free energy to move. I am studying how global order emerges from the interactions of a group of active particles. These model systems help understand cytoskeletal remodeling, morphogenesis and animal flocking.
Cells can sense their environment through mechanical or chemical cues. We explored how cells sense their environment and adapt their motion.
Planarians are multicellular flatworms that are capable of asexual reproduction through fission and regeneration. We studied how planarians control their divisions over their life cycle.