I am currently a postdoctoral fellow in the Institute for Genomic Biology at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, working with Phil Newmark. I work at the interface between statistical physics, developmental biology, and bioengineering. During my Ph.D. with Steve Granick, I worked in the area of soft matter physics, using single-molecule fluorescence imaging and tracking to study molecular transport in complex fluids. I received my M.S. and B.S. degrees in polymer engineering at Zhejiang University in China, developing tools for micro-fabrication and self-assembly. (C.V.)
Starting May 2015, I will be joining the Department of Bioengineering, and the Department of Developmental Biology (by courtesy), at Stanford University as an assistant professor. My laboratory will use quantitative organism-wide fluorescence imaging (“deep imaging”), functional genomics (“deep sequencing”), and statistical modeling to study the systems biology of flatworms, including free living planarians and parasitic flukes. Using these animals, we seek to understand quantitatively the fundamental rules that control stem cell collective behavior to optimize tissue regeneration, remolding, and adaptation.