Pankaj Mehta

Associate 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) . To find out more about my research please look at my publications with links to pdf files.


Ching-Hao Wang (Graduate), Steven (Wooseok) Ahn (Undergrad), Benjamin Dickens (Undergrad) 


Postdocs: Charles Fisher (Phillippe Meyer Fellow at the ENS in Paris)
Graduate Students: Javad Noorbakhsh (Postdoctoral Fellow, Jackson Laboratory in CT), Alex Lang (Postdoctoral Fellow, Sejnowski Lab, Salk Institute)
Undergrads: Joseph Sarmiego-Evans (Graduate school at Colorado Physics)

Friends/Regular Collaborators of the group:

Caleb Bashor, Mo Khalil, Thomas Gregor, Laertis Ikonomou, Darell Kotton, Alvaro Sanchez, David Schwab, Daniel Segre, Anirvan Sengupta

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.


Spring 2015:  PY410: Statistical Physics.

Spring 2013: PY 106: Elementary Physics 

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