Bio-Environmental Soft Matter Physics

Microorganisms have long been the object of study of life science disciplines. However, in recent years there has been evidence that simple physical and chemical processes govern many biological systems. In our lab, we study the complex interactions between microorganisms and their environment, using tools of microfluidics and quantitative video microscopy, to investigate the transport of microorganisms in complex environments, like viscoelastic and anisotropic liquids and complex geometries. This understanding is necessary to address practical problems like the transport of microorganisms in the environment, and the prevention and treatment of medical conditions.

Undergraduate research and PhD positions are available in the lab for working on problems for preventing microorganism-borne medical conditions, developing novel live materials and utilizing microorganisms for cleaning the environment. If interested, please reach out to Dr. Figueroa by email.

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