Assistant Professor of Physics
Office: SCI 323
Department of Physics
590 Commonwealth Avenue,
Boston, MA 02139
Email: pankajm AT bu.edu
I am interested in theoretical problems at the interface of physics and biology. I want to understand how large-scale, collective behaviors observed in biological systems emerge from the interaction of many individual molecular elements, and how these interactions allow cells to perform complex computations in response to environmental cues. I started a blog that I hope to udpate regularly. I am also a part of the BU Bioinformatics Program and the BUMC Center for Regenerative Medicine (CReM) .
Charles Fisher (Postdoc), Alex Lang (Graduate), Javad Noorbakhsh (Graduate), Steven (Wooseok) Ahn (Undergrad), Benjamin Dickens (Undergrad)
Alumni: Joseph Samaniego-Evans (Undergrad- Graduate school at Colorado Physics)
Awards and Funding:
Simons Investigator in the Mathematical Modeling of Living Systems, Sloan Fellowship, NIH K25 Career Development Award
The group is alway willing to consider highly qualified physcists for postdocs.We are looking for people with a demonstrated ability in any branch of theoretical physics and a willingness to learn biology. Interested parties can send me an email with research interests and an updated CV.
Quorum Sensing in bacteria
Collective Behavior in Dictyostelium
Bird songs and computational neuroscience
Statistical mechanics, machine learning, and large biological data sets
Physics problems inspired by biological systems
Nonequilibrium Statistical Physics
To find out more about my research please look at my publications with links to pdf files.
Fall 2012: PY501: Mathematical methods for Physicists.
Spring 2013: PY 106: Elementary Physics
Quantitative Biology at BU:
I am helping to organize the Systems biology seminar as well as Systems/Synthetic Biology Journal Club. Please email me with any speaker suggestions or if you want to participate in the Journal Club.
I talk to various people at BU working in biology, often attend their group meetings and we write papers together.
Center for Regenerative Medicine (CReM) at BUMC
Jim Collins Lab
Tim Gardner's Group
Daniel Segre's group
Mo Khalil's lab
Joyce Wong's lab
Wilson Wong's lab
Bonnie Bassler's Lab
Thomas Gregor- Laboratory for the physics of life.
Troy Mestler (grad student in Gregor Lab)
Ned Wingreen- my postdoctoral advisor.