Principal Investigator

Peter YunkerPeter Yunker – Assistant Professor in the School of Physics

Contact: peter.yunker(at)                           Google Scholar Profile

Peter’s interests are biophysics, soft matter, and golden retrievers.

Office phone: 404-385-8642

Postdoctoral Fellows

Gabi Steinbach – Postdoc, Physics 2018-present

Contact:     Google Scholar Profile

Gabi is excited to study bacterial communities, and likes to picture 
them as the animated version of colloidal particles that she worked on 
during her PhD in Germany. If research does not detain her in the lab, 
she can be found on the dance floor or travelling the world on her bicycle.

Graduate Students

Updates pending…

Thomas Day – Physics, 2018-Present

Pablo Bravo – QBioS, 2020-Present

Aawaz Pokhrel – Physics, 2020-Present

Emma Bingham – QBioS, 2021-Present

Undergraduate Students

Colin Brandys

Contact: cgbrandys22(at)

Colin is an undergraduate at Georgia Tech. He pursues physics as a means to explain and understand interesting phenomena. When not working, he enjoys hockey, climbing, video games and playing music.

Laura Yang

Contact: ylaura9797(at)

Laura is a second year undergraduate who is primarily interested in the interaction between biofilm spatial structure and antibiotics. She wants to learn more about interdisciplinary approaches to pathogen-related problems.

Tanay Tak

Contact: ttak3(at)

Tanay is a 2nd year undergraduate. He chose to study physics to learn more about how the world works, and hopes to connect theory and experiments. He also enjoys sleeping, eating, and reading random scientific articles.

Alex Bukharin

Contact: alexbukharin18(at)

Alex is a first year undergraduate at Georgia Tech pursuing a major in Physics and minor in Mathematics. In his spare time Alex enjoys playing soccer, playing volleyball, and reading.

Matt Repasky

Contact: mrepasky3(at)

Matt is a first year undergraduate studying physics with a concentration in astrophysics. His free time is spent playing piano and volleyball.

Lab Alumni


Skanda Vivek – Postdoc, Physics, 2017-2019. Professor of Physics at Georgia Gwinett College

Graduate students:

Shane Jacobeen – PHD Student, Physics, 2014-2018. Consultant, Ernst & Young

Arben Kalziqi – PHD Student, Physics, 2015-2019. Software Engineer, Wolfram Research.

Jonathan Michel – PHD Student, Physics 2015-2019. Postdoctoral Fellow, RIT.

David Yanni, PhD student, Physics, 2015-2019. Software Engineer, Mail Chimp.

Alireza Samani Dahaj, PhD student, QBioS, 2017-2021 (co-advised with Will Ratcliff). Senior Scientist, GenoTwin.

Undergraduate students:

Nathaniel Moore (Undergraduate alumnus, GT BS, Physics 2017) – Physics grad school at Georgia Tech

Brent Limyansky (Undergraduate alumnus, GT BS, Physics 2016) – Physics grad school at UC Santa Cruz.

Samuel (Edward) Finley-Price (Undergraduate alumnus, GT BS, Physics 2016) – optical systems engineering.

Elyes Graba (Undergraduate alumnus, GT BS, Physics 2017) – Machine Learning Engineer at AnswerRocket

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