Physics of Living Systems Ongoing Research

   Minimal Self-Replicating Systems

 Bounding injected energy versus dissipation in a minimal self-replicating system. Using a stochastic thermodynamics and cellular automata approach to uncovering theoretical constraints on a minimal system which achieves self-replication near full complexity.

 

   Quantifying Time Irreversibility

 Quantifying time irreversibility in mesoscopic nonequilibrium living systems. Studying broken detailed balance and entropy production (irreversibility) in a variety of cellular (stem cells, oncogenic cells) and subcellular systems (ribozymes).

 

   Nonequilibrium Physics of Topological Defects

 How useful are topological defects found on propagating turbulent wavefronts be for information processing? What are the timescales for decoherence?