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Last Updated: September 11, 2014.


  • Metabolic sensing
    • developing and applying real-time, optics-based techniques for the monitoring of of mitochondrial function, and understanding pressure effects on mitochondrial function
    • high-pressure sensing of metabolic ions
    • computer modeling of metabolism.
  • Cellular response to stimuli
    • observing how sudden changes in the environment affects calcium homeostasis.
  • Biophysics laboratory course
    • developing modules for a biophysics laboratory course.

Our publications page lists papers and theses.  (Most papers are published with students!)

The following is a 2012 article about our research published in International Innovation magazine.


  • I am looking for students who are curious, motivated, reliable, and responsible. 
  • Prior biology or chemistry knowledge is helpful but NOT required. I am happy to work with students outside of physics, as my research is highly interdisciplinary.
  • No minimum commitment requirements, BUT be aware you need to commit at least 6 hrs/wk (2 credit hrs) to make progress on an independent project. It's fine to "try out" the lab.
  • First priority should be your coursework. Research is great experience, but it won't make up for poor academic performance. Some semesters are tougher than others. If you need to take a break from the lab, just keep me informed.

Freshmen and sophomores, it's not too early. The earlier you get involved and STAY involved, the more substantial and meaningful the research experience.


  • Independent study (PHYX77) and research projects (PHY440) are offered for credit during the school year.
  • Paid and credit-based opportunities are usually available during the summer.
  • If you are interested in completing your Miami Plan capstone (PHY488) with me, contact me at least semester in advance.


  • E-mail me.  Make an appointment with me.
  • Talk with other lab members to see what the lab is like.