ANDREW D. RUTENBERG ANDREW D. RUTENBERG Dalhousie Physics Dalhousie

Biological Physics

I am excited by nonlinear, nonequilibrium, and stochastic aspects of biology: where the effects of a large but finite number of interacting biological molecules are strong. This is where self-assembly of soft-matter objects occurs, and where dynamics of the resulting patterns is important. We use computational approaches to bring a quantitative theoretical approach to biological systems, with the goal of highlighting possible roles of physical mechanisms in important biological systems.
images/host_pathogen.jpgHost Pathogen Dynamics

How do pathogenic bacteria invade and replicate within host cells?
images/frailty.jpgHuman Frailty and Mortality

How to understand patterns of human health and mortality? What is a good model of biological vs chronological age, and can it help us to predicte health-outcomes of frail, elderly people?
images/collagen.jpgCollagen Structure

What determines the sub-fibril structure of collagen, and how does this structure affect its elastic properties?
Other biological systems

Microtubule Acetylation, Autophagy, Peptidoglycan dynamics, Tat translocation quality control, Type-II translocation, Peroxisome matrix protein import, Photobleach quantification, and more...