In the soft matter area, we focus on understanding glass and jamming transitions in granular materials, dense colloidal suspensions, foams, and model systems, in which the structural and stress relaxation times diverge (in the absence of crystallization) when various control parameters such as temperature, density, and applied stress are tuned. We employ a combination of theoretical (master-equation approaches and statistical mechanics) and computational (molecular dynamics and Monte Carlo simulations) techniques to understand fundamental aspects of glass and jamming transitions.
My research effort in biological physics also employs both theoretical and
computational approaches, including statistical mechanics descriptions
and coarse-grained and atomistic molecular dynamics simulations, to study
important biological problems ranging from determining the
mechanical properties of skin cancer cells to understanding protein
misfolding and aggregation. All of the projects described here involve close collaborations with biologists.