Our new paper on the mechanical consequences of death and reproduction is out!

Our new paper in PRL investigates an effective fluctuation response relationship in biofilms featuring death and reproduction. The fluctuation-dissipation theorem, derived by Harry Nyquist in the 1920’s, is essential to our understanding of equilibrium solids. The relationship between thermal fluctuations and mechanical responses provided a framework through which mechanical properties of solids were measurable and predictable. Our paper. The same may be possible for living films; we investigated it in collaboration with the Hammer lab, here  at Georgia Tech’s School of Biological Sciences. Our work builds on a beautiful paper from Risler, Peilloux, and Proust, which investigated a model of apoptosis and reproduction in tissues.

Congratulations to Brent Limyansky!

Brent Limyanksy is the very first lab alumnus. He graduated from Georgia Tech with a BS in physics, and has left Atlanta for sunny California where he will attend graduate school at UC Santa Cruz. While in the lab, Brent investigated complex interactions at the air-water interface in a series of thorough and creative experiments. We wish him luck in his grad school career!