My group explores the diversity of microscopic life forms and behavior from a quantitative perspective. We tackle basic research problems like why they grow into various particular shapes, what they sense, and how they move through fluids by considering the unusual nature of their environment. Hawaii’s unique ecosystem offers a wonderful source of inspiration for scientific inquiry, mathematical modeling, and technological innovation.
Our approach combines theory and experiments. We look for intriguing adaptations of living systems, develop mechanistic models, and build nature-inspired robots in our laboratory. The activities are currently supported by C-MAIKI, ARO and NSF.
We welcome students and collaborators from different disciplines including biology, engineering, and mathematics. Students wishing to join us should provide a CV and a brief description of current interests.