Research

Welcome to the Patteson Lab!

Our research interests lie at the interface of biophysics and soft active materials. Our aim is to identify how cells navigate and respond to the physical features of their environment (mechanical properties, presence of boundaries, and cell-cell contacts) to achieve important biological functions, such as cancer metastasis, wound healing, and biofilm formation. We employ microfluidic technologies, single-molecule experiments, knock-out cell models, and concepts from non-equilibrium statistical physics to investigate the dynamics of swimming bacteria and crawling animal cells.

We are currently seeking a postdoc for experimental studies or self-organization and collective motion in bacteria colonies. This position would be co-mentored by Roy Welch (Syracuse University Biology Department). Please email aepattes@syr.edu if interested.

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