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.
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