News Archive

March 2015

  • Congratulations to Prof. JC Gumbart on receiving an NSF CAREER award:CAREER: Research and Education on Protein Folding as an Energy Source at the Bacterial Outer Membrane
  • Congratulations to Henry Astley on his recent publication in PNAS!
  • Congratulations go out to Daniel Kovari from the Curtis group for successfully defending his Dissertation!
  • Congratulations to Alexis Noel for getting an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship (GRFP) for the Physics of Living Systems!

October 2014

  • Congratulations to the Goldman group for their recent Science Publication, Sidewinding with minimal slip: snake and robot ascent of sandy slopes!

July 2014

  • iPoLS Conference- MunichThe Georgia Tech Physics of Living Systems group sent an astounding 20 people to the iPoLS conference in Munich this year. Presentations were made by: Flavio Fenton Curtis Balusek Bradford Taylor Patrick Chang Henry Astley & Patricia Yang

January 2014

  • Presidential Early Career AwardProfessor Dan Goldman was awarded an NSF Presidential Early Career Award in Science in Engineering. Dr. Goldman attended the PECASE ceremony at the White House.

December 2013

  • Congratulation to Dr. Dan Goldman, recipient of a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (see the press release here). This award is the highest honor bestowed by the U.S. Government on science and engineering professionals in the early stages of their independent research careers.
  • Hamid Marvi will be joining Professor Metin Sitti’s lab at department of Mechanical Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University as a postdoc starting January 2014.


PoLS Pot-Luck

  • To celebrate the end of a great semester of student and postdoc talks, GT-PoLS held a “Physics of Living Systems” themed pot-luck during the scheduled Lunch & Learn.
  • Dishes were representative of the following categories:
    • Soft Matter: food that’s not quite liquid but not solid.
    • Cultures: Anything involving cultured cells (cheese, yogurt, etc.).
    • Granular Media: food that’s granular in shape.
    • Wormlike Chains: flexible long chain-like food (pasta).
    • Tissue & Organs: Meats and vegetables
    • Strange Attractors: bizarre and unusual.
  • Dishes included items like Sarah Sharpe’s Rice-Crispy Pops (granular), Bo Broadwater’s Guinness Cupcakes (cultures), and James Water’s Baker’s Map Apple Tart (which actually is a mathematical strange attractor).


  • Louis McLane presented his thesis defense entitled, “Probing the structure of the pericellular matrix via novel biophysical assays,” in IBB 1128 – Suddath seminar room.


  • Sarah Sharpe presented her thesis defense entitled, “Control of burial and subsurface locomotion in particulate substrates,” in IBB, room 1128 (Suddath Seminar Room).


  • Several students (Wenbin Wei from Curtis lab and Tung Le from Kim lab) won the Molecular Biophysics senior student supplement.



  • Gabriel Mitchell presented his thesis defense entitled, “Quantifying Enzymatic Lysis in Gram-positive Bacteria,” in the ES&T Building, room L1125.


  • Tung Le from Harold Kim’s lab has recently published a publication, entitled, Measuring Shape-Dependent Looping Probability of DNA.
    T. T. Le and H.D. Kim. 2013. Measuring Shape-Dependent Looping Probability of DNA. Biophysical Journal, 104:2068–2076.


  • The James S. McDonnell Foundation is seeking applicants for the 2013 Postdoctoral Fellowship Awards in Complex Systems Research. For more information see the listing in the newly created job board.


  • Visiting researcher at CrabLab: Christopher Topp, Postdoctoral Associate at the Department of Biology, Duke University. Dates: April 29-th-30th 2013. Christopher is interested in studying the plants roots networks in soil.
  • Visiting researcher: Jessica Kurth, Graduate Student at the Department of Biology, UNC Chapel Hill. Dates: April 22-nd- 24-th 2013. Jessica plans to study burrowing behavior of earthworms.


  • PoLS students from Georgia Tech, The University of Maryland, and The University of Maryland gathered for lunch at March Meeting.


  • Sarah Sharpe (Goldman Lab) placed 2nd for Best Student Presentation in the Division of Comparative Biology at the Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology (SICB) Conference. See the announcement on their website.


  • The University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign will be hosting the 2013 Physics of Living Systems Summer School, July 15th-20th. See their website: for more details.


  • The Lake Como School of Advanced Studies in Complex Systems (Villa del Grumello, Como, Italy) will be hosting a workshop covering “Quantitative Laws of Genome Evolution” from June 27- July 5, 2013. Registration opens in February 2013. See flier for details.


  • The PoLS web site, which includes the BLOG is now ready for use, but it requires you to register first. If you have not already registered, visit:


  • There will be a talk given by Prof. Robert Dudley entitled From Ants to Hummingbirds: The Evolution of Flight. Information about the talk can be found here. Lunch for PoLS student members will be provided after the talk.


  • For those students interested, the Siements Competition in Math, Science & Technology will be held on the Georgia Tech campus this weekend. As described on the competition website “America’s next generation of young innovators presents their awe-inspiring research projects to expert university judges.” More information can be found here.


  • The first of nine Lunch & Learn student led presentation and discussion sections will begin this Thursday, 10/11/2012. Lunch & Learn sessions will be held on Thursdays from 12-1:30 in Howey. A full schedule and sign up sheet for the lunch and learns can be found on the Lunch & Learn page.


  • Georgia Tech joins other North American Nodes in the Physics of Living Systems student research network. For more information see the Georgia Tech press release here.