We use light-switchable molecules to control and engineer natural cell behaviors.
My current research focuses on understanding how single point mutations in cardiomyocytes at the molecular level translate to organ level dysfunction.
Currently, I work with the intestine of fruit flies as the model system, a remarkably dynamic organ that renews every few days. The tiny size of this tissue challenges current tools and I am developing micro-scale devices to study mechanobiology in this organ.
Q & A with UCSB Alumna Jenny Walker
Alumnus: Alex Downs, Ph.D., Q&A
Spotlight with Jeffrey Pham
Spotlight with Chad Wangsanuwat
Spotlight with Janae Gayle
BioE spotlight video