I am a postdoctoral researcher in the Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. I completed my Ph.D. in the Department of Physics at UIUC in November 2016. My research is supervised by Professor Nigel Goldenfeld, and is performed in close collaboration with Professor Gene Robinson’s honeybee laboratory at UIUC.
Broadly speaking, I am interested in using the tools of statistical physics in the context of biology. I’m currently involved in three separate projects in collaboration with Professor Gene Robinson’s honeybee laboratory at UIUC.
We have studied the relationship between the honeybee gut microbiome and social caste; honeybee foraging behaviour at the level of individual bees; and social interactions that regulate division of labour amongst bees within a hive. These projects have involved designing and implementing data-analysis methods suitable for studying the complex living system that is a honeybee colony, as well as creating simple models that capture particular aspects of such a system.
Separately, I am also working on modelling and understanding the response of ecosystems to perturbations using ideas from non-equilibrium statistical mechanics.