Pankaj Mehta

Assistant Professor of Physics
Boston University

Office: SCI 323
Phone: 617-358-6303

Boston University
Department of Physics
590 Commonwealth Avenue,
Boston, MA 02139

Email: pankajm AT

Cirriculum vitae

Research Interests:

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

Postdoc Opening

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.

Current projects:

Quorum Sensing in bacteria 
Collective Behavior in Dictyostelium 
Synthetic Biology
Cellular Reprogramming
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

Other Collaborators: 
(links forthcoming)

Bonnie Bassler's Lab
Sidhartha Goyal
Thomas Gregor- Laboratory for the physics of life.
Tao Long
Troy Mestler (grad student in Gregor Lab)
David Schwab
Anirvan Sengupta
Shu-wen Teng
Ned Wingreen- my postdoctoral advisor.