The Physics of Living Matter group in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Pennsylvania studies how organisms gather, process and respond to information. Much of our work focuses on computation and communication in the brain, but group members also work on cell signaling and regulatory networks. The group exploits theoretical and computational approaches from physics, statistics and computer science, and relies on experimental data gathered both within our lab and by collaborators at Penn and elsewhere.
Eli is an undergraduate senior studying physics and biophysics. He is very interested in how complex biological systems give rise to coherent patterns and behaviors, and is currently investigating computational neural models for spatial cognition.