Probing the Principles
of Cell Signaling AND Behavior


Our lab studies the mechanisms that govern essential cell decisions like growth, differentiation, and death. We aim to understand how cells process signals in their environment through time and space, how proper signal processing drives cell decisions, and how improper signal processing may underlie disease. We specialize in using light-activatible tools that can probe living cells in real-time with exquisite precision. Success in our work will reveal new insights for cellular engineering and control for various therapeutic and industrial applications. 

The only way to find out what will happen when a complex system is disturbed is to disturb the system, not merely to observe it passively
— Fred Mosteller and John Tukey, paraphrasing George Box