Our lab focuses on studying the dynamical motion of DNA, which, while being intimately involved in genetic function, has operational effects that are not well understood at present. Errors in genetic expression, besides arising from mistakes in the code itself, could also manifest by macromolecules that over-twist or over-stretch the DNA, problems in packing within the nucleus, long-range interference between genes, and so on. Studying the dynamics of DNA, while challenging, has the potential to define a new paradigm for our understanding of how living cells function.
NEWS (10/09/15): We have had a number of students join the lab. Daniel is a new Physics PhD student, Shubham and Rachel are undergraduate ROP students, and Aoife is an exchange student from Cardiff University.
NEWS (16/07/15): Our lab was featured in the UofT news again (link).
NEWS (16/06/15): Our latest paper " Axial Optical Traps: A New Direction for Optical Tweezers " is now available online in the Biophysical Journal.
NEWS (29/05/15): Nafiseh Rafiei passed her Ph.D. qualifying exam! Excellent!
NEWS (23/05/15): Haowei Wang is leaving for a faculty position in the Department of Optics and Optical Engineering at the University of Science and Technology of China. Best of luck Haowei!!
NEWS (1/05/15): Paul Penkul was awarded an NSERC USRA to work in the lab this summer.