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 bu.edu


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.


Group:


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


Publications:


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


Teaching:


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.