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Henrik Jönsson

Elliot M. Meyerowitz

G.W. Beadle Professor of Biology and Chair, Division of Biology
California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA 91125, USA
My laboratory and our widespread group of collaborators are trying to solve the question of how plants grow and develop. Our work focuses on the shoot apical meristem of the plant Arabidopsis thaliana, the collection of stem cells from which the above-ground parts of the plant originate. We use methods of live-imaging while changing patterns of cell-cell communication in the meristem, both chemical and physical. This is followed by computational modelling to achieve predictive capabilities, and deeper understanding.

Eric Mjolsness

Clare Yu

Professor of Physics and Astronomy, University of California, Irvine
My research is in both theoretical biological physics and condensed matter physics. In biological physics we work closely
Steven Gross' group (UCI) in modelling intracellular transport; and with Arthur Lander's lab (UCI) in developing a model for growth in the wing disc of fruit flies (Drosophila). In both cases the models involve Monte Carlo simulations. We are working with Chris Kintner's lab (Salk) and Peter Taborek's lab (UCI) to determine the direction of beating of motile cilia in frog (Xenopus) embryos. Finally we are interested in why frogs and fish grow bigger in bigger tanks. In condensed matter physics we are studying noise and disordered (glassy) systems. In particular we are working with John Martinis (UCSB) and Robert McDermott (Wisconsin) on understanding the microscopic sources of noise in superconducting Josephson junction qubits.