Our lab focuses on studying the organization and dynamical motion of chromosomal and plasmid DNA. While being intimately involved in genetic function, the packaging and arrangement DNA has operational effects that are not well understood at present. Errors in gene 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. While challenging to address, these questions have the potential to define a new paradigm for our understanding of how living cells function.
NEWS (21/1/16): Dr. Yong Wang has left our group to start his own lab in the Department of Physics at the University of Arkansas. Best of luck Yong!
NEWS (15/11/15): Emily won 3rd place in the poster competition at the 2015 Canadian Undergraduate Physics Conference.
NEWS (10/11/15): An advance access version of our new article in Bioinformatics is available: "Fast Optimized Cluster Algorithm for Localizations (FOCAL): A Spatial Cluster Analysis for Super-Resolved Microscopy ".
NEWS (04/11/15): New in PLoS ONE "Simulation Assisted Analysis of the Intrinsic Stiffness for Short DNA Molecules Imaged with Scanning Atomic Force Microscopy ".
NEWS (28/10/15): Just out in Optics Express " Improved axial trapping with holographic optical tweezers ".