The living matter lab at UCSD is looking for highly motivated PhD students and postdocs

Scholarship: Fully-funded
Degree: Ph.D
Nationality: International Students
Location: USA
Application deadlines: Open

Scholarship Description:

We are interested in using the framework of active matter to understand emergent states in living matter (odd elasticity, non-reciprocal phase transitions, chiral dynamics) and collective behaviour in biology (tissue mechanics, morphogenesis).

Dr Tzer Han Tan is an Assistant Professor of Physics at the University of California San Diego (UCSD).

He received his Ph.D. in physics with a specialisation in biophysics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He then held 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 has been published in top journals such as Nature, Nature Physics, Science Advances and PNAS.

 Available Subjects:

  • Organoid morphogenesis. We seek to understand how the interplay between tissue mechanics and developmental signalling leads to robust tissue morphogenesis in organoids, and how data-driven methods can reveal the morphological landscape of epithelial tissue.
  • Chiral active matter across scales. We will investigate how chiral symmetry is broken in marine invertebrate embryogenesis, and how collective behaviour of rotating embryos leads to new emergent chiral states of living matter.

Eligibility criteria:

  • We welcome applicants from diverse and international backgrounds.

Application Procedure:

 Please email Tzer Han ([email protected]) directly with a CV and a short statement of interest.