[About the Lab]
The living matter lab at UCSD (https://www.tzerhan.com) is looking for highly motivated PhD students and postdocs to join us. We are interested in using the framework of active matter to understand emergent states in living matter (odd elasticity, nonreciprocal phase transitions, chiral dynamics) and collective behavior in biology (tissue mechanics, morphogenesis).
The lab currently has two main research directions:
1、Chiral active matter across scales. We will investigate how chiral symmetry is broken in marine invertebrates embryogenesis, and how collective behavior of rotating embryos leads to new emergent chiral states of living matter.
2、Organoid morphogenesis. We seek to understand how interplay between tissue mechanics and developmental signaling lead to robust tissue morphogenesis in organoids, and how data-driven methods can reveal the morphological landscape of epithelial tissue.
[About the PI]
Dr. Tzer Han Tan is an Assistant Professor of Physics at University of California San Diego (UCSD).He received his Ph.D. in Physics with a specialization in Biophysics from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). After that, he was awarded the NSF-Simons Quantitative Biology Fellowship at Harvard University, and the ELBE fellowship at the Max Planck Institute for the Physics of Complex Systems, Germany.Dr. Tan’s research work has been published in top journals including Nature, Nature Physics, Science Advances and PNAS.
[About the Department]
The successful candidates will join a vibrant, energetic and collaborative research team. Our group is embedded within the Biological Physics division of UCSD Physics department (https://biophysics.physics.ucsd.edu/) with over 12 experiment/theory groups covering all major areas of biophysics, offering an unparalleled intellectual and collegial environment. UCSD is recognized as one of the top 20 research universities worldwide. The Physics of Living Systems graduate program is ranked among the top 5 by US News and World Report.
Postdocs: Please email Tzer Han (firstname.lastname@example.org) directly with a CV and a short statement of interest. We welcome applicants from diverse and international backgrounds.
PhD students: Please apply through the department webpage here: https://physics.ucsd.edu/students/graduate/requirements