I am interested in statistical mechanics, and its applications to biological systems.
As a graduate student, I demonstrated, along with collaborators, the existence of pre-transition effects in model lipid bilayers, which can give rise to strong forces of assembly between membrane solutes (e.g. transmembrane proteins, cholesterol). These results could have implications in (i) the formation of protein assemblies in a biological membrane (ii) the physical basis of the ‘liquid-ordered’ phase in lipid mixtures and (iii) folding of transmembrane proteins.
Since July 2015, I am a postdoc with David Chandler to further explore the effect described above, as well as other very interesting problems such as glassy dynamics. Prior to this, I was a graduate student with Berend Smit.