News & events

March 2016

  • Congratulations to Prof. Joshua Weitz on promoted to the rank of full professor!
  • Congratulations to Prof. Harold Kim on tenured and promoted to Associated Professor!

November 2015

  • November  6 (Friday) Georgia Tech will be hosting the Atlanta Area Systems Biophysics conference from 8:30-5:00 in the Tech Square Research Building (TSRB, it is behind Moe’s in Tech Square)) Auditorium. The goal of this conference is to get Atlanta’s well-represented biophysics community under one roof, see what everyone is doing, and share ideas. If you are interested, please drop by for all or part of Friday.
    For more information and a schedule of the talks, visit the website

October 2015

  • The 2015 Southeast Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology regional meeting was hosted at GT on Monday, October 12.  We had about 90 attendees, 40 talks, a keynote talk from Noah Cowan, and a dinner at Zoo Atlanta with an after-hours tour of the newly-renovated reptile house.  The website for this meeting is

September 2015

  • Congratulations to Curtis Balusek (Gumbart lab) and James Water (Kim lab) as the recipients of the 2016 Bonnie B. and Charles K Rice Jr. Fellowship in recognition for their work and commitment to research! The fellowship carries with it $5000 .
  • Congratulations to the 2015 Physics Ig Nobel Prize recipients: Patricia Yang , David Hu, and Jonathan Pham, Jerome Choo, for testing the biological principle that nearly all mammals empty their bladders in about 21 seconds (plus or minus 13 seconds)!

August 2015

Congratulations to the recent internship by PoLS students! They will be talking about their internship experience at Lunch & Learn this semester.

  • Tingnan Zhang (Goldman lab) just came back from a summer internship at Google
  • Claire Yanyan Ji (Fenton lab) just finished her internship at Boston Scientific, modeling the electrical signal sensing using ablation catheters.

May 2015

Congratulations to the recent PoLS Graduates!

  • Dr. Daniel Kovari (Curtis Lab – PHYS) will be working as a post-doc in the Finzi group at Emory
  • Dr. Tung Le (Kim Lab – PHYS) will be joining the Wang lab at Cornell
  • Dr. Guillermo Amador (Hu Lab – ME) will be working as a postdoc at the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems in Stuttgart, Germany

April 2015

  • The Georgia Tech PoLS Community was visited by Dr. Izaak Neveln (Northwestern University). Dr. Neveln presented his work on Knifefish undulation during the weekly Lunch & Learn seminar.
  • Congratulations to Alexis Noel (Hu Lab) for receiving the NSF’s  Graduate Research Fellowship Program grant for the Physics of Living Systems
  • Congratulations to Bradford Taylor on receiving the Nerem International Travel Award.  Bradford will be traveling back to the Max-Planck institute in Heidelberg to complete work on viral macrophages.
  • Tung Le (Kim Lab) successfully defended his dissertation.

March 2015

  • Prof. JC Gumbart and students from his lab travelled to Pope High School in Marietta, GA to demonstrate various aspects of molecular biophysics to high school students as part of the Atlanta Science Festival. You can read more about the trip in The Technique.
  • Congratulations  to Prof. JC Gumbart on being awarded an NSF CAREER award: 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 with Prof. Hu and Prof. Goldman. You can find Henry’s PNAS publication here.
  • Daniel Kovari (Curtis Group) successfully defended his thesis.

February 2015

  • The Georgia Tech PoLS Community was visited by Farzan Beroz (Princeton University).  Farzan presented his work “Physical limits to biomechanical sensing” to a packed room at the weekly Lunch & Learn seminar.

January 2015

  • Prof. Daniel Goldman was elected as a Fellow of the American Physical Society (APS).  “For contributions to biological physics and nonlinear dynamics at the interface of biomechanics, robotics, and granular physics”.