Physics of Life is a new TIFR interdisciplinary PhD program.
Our primary research interests are to understand the physics of living systems. We are interested in mechanobiology, physics of the actomyosin cytoskeleton, active matter, and mechanochemical pattern formation. We seek to unravel the fundamental physical principles of morphogenesis in living systems. Specifically, we are keen to explore the connections between biochemical signalling, active mechanics and the geometry of shape in various biological phenomena. We are particularly fascinated by embryonic development and the role of mechanical forces and deformations/flows in these morphogenetic processes.
We are excited to work on the physical aspects of the unicellular-multicellular transition in development as part of the project Agency, directionality and Function funded by the Templeton Foundation.