Dr. Peter Yunker – Associate Professor, School of Physics
Office Phone: (404) 385-8642
Office: Cherry Emerson 333
Dr. Yunker joined Georgia Tech’s School of Physics in 2014 after finishing his biophysics postdoc at Harvard University & New England Biolabs in 2014. Before that, he earned his Ph.D. in Physics from the University of Pennsylvania in 2012 after earning a B.S. in Physics from Texas A&M University in 2005. He has won the Burstein Prize and the Denenstein Award both from UPenn along with the Eric R. Immel Memorial award for Excellence in Teaching at GT.
Peter’s interests are biophysics, soft matter, and golden retrievers.
Google Scholar Profile
2023 – Present
Miles recently completed his James S. McDonnell Postdoctoral Fellowship at Cornell University where he was studying the impact of patchiness on single-cell foraging behavior of bacteria. Prior to this, he earned his PhD from Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile connecting competition-colonization dynamics of bacterial metacommunities in microfabricated habitat landscapes to a theoretical framework of ecological succession. In general, Miles aims to focus his research toward this fundamental question in microbial ecology: what role does space play in shaping processes at different scales of ecological phenomena? In his free time he enjoys learning foreign languages and studying history so as to properly analyze our present moment and to contribute to a brighter future.
Current PhD Students
Pablo Bravo – Quantitative Biosciences
Pablo is originally from Chile. He completed his undergraduate in physics at Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. In the Yunker Lab, he is examining the surface-air interface of biofilms and what it can describe about their history and composition. He is mostly interested in bulk microbial community dynamics. In his free time, Pablo enjoys grabbing a coffee and reading at a local coffee shop in Midtown, Atlanta or making a mean Barbeque.
Aawaz Pokhrel – Physics
Aawaz is originally from a small town in Nepal named Pokhara. He completed his undergraduate at Gettysburg College where he did his research thesis on the role of gradient sensing in collective behavior in fish. In the Yunker lab, he focuses on shape and geometry of biofilms. Currently, he is working on exploring the role of surface forces on the expansion of biofilms. He is also interested in how different growth rate of cells lead to different packing configurations in biofilms. In his free time, Aawaz enjoys reading existential philosophy (mostly Dostoevsky), playing guitar, cooking Thai food, and exploring hiking trails around Atlanta.
Adam Krueger – Physics
Adam is originally from Wisconsin, but he completed his undergraduate degree in physics at Michigan Technological University in Houghton, MI. In the Yunker Lab, he is studying microbial heteroresistance and how it can be better detected and understood. He is also interested in physics in medicine. In his free time, Adam enjoys golfing, cheering on his favorite sports teams (Go Pack Go), and playing in the snow. He also enjoys eating and trying new foods even though he can’t handle spice.
Emma Bingham – Quantitative Biosciences
Emma grew up in the temperate beaches around Wilmington, North Carolina, before moving to frigid Boston for college at MIT where she studied physics and political science. She is co-advised in the Yunker and Ratcliff Labs, studying the physics of evolution of multicellular life. She enjoys healthful walks in the park and reading, especially about sociology and politics.
Raymond Copeland – Quantitative Biosciences
Raymond is from Atlanta and received his undergraduate degree in physics from Georgia Tech. While an undergrad, he worked in the Yunker Lab and has decided to stay for his PhD. He simulates bacterial communities studying antagonistic microbial interactions such as mutual killing. Outside of the lab, Ray enjoys playing chess.
Maryam Hejri – Quantitative Biosciences
Maryam is from Iran and got her undergraduate degree in physics from Amirkabir University of Technology in Tehran, Iran. In the Yunker Lab, she is studying bacterial communities and dynamics.
Current Undergraduate Students
|Years in Yunker Lab
|Dr. Thomas Day
|Biophysical Constraints of Multicellularity: Building a Darwinian Material
|Postdoc, Schwartzman Group, USC
|Deep Learning Enhanced Biofilm Topography Through Convolutional Neural Network
|PhD Student, UMD College Park
|Years in Yunker Lab
|Dr. Gabi Steinbach
|Scientific Project Coordinator and Data Communications Specialist
|Weitz Group, UMD College Park
|Dr. Skanda Vivek
|Professor of Physics
|Georgia Gwinnett College
|Dr. Alireza Samani Dahaj
|Senior Computational Biologist
|Dr. David Yanni
|Dr. Jonathan Michel
|Dr. Arben Kalziqi
|Dr. Shane Jacobeen
|Ernst & Young
Undergraduate Students (with graduation year)
- Julianne Tijani, 2023
- MacKenzie Gignilliat, 2023
- Laura Yang, 2017
- Tanay Tak, 2017
- Matt Repasky, 2017
- Nathaniel Moore, 2017
- Elyes Graba, 2017
- Alex Bukharin, 2017
- Colin Brandys, 2017
- Samuel Finley-Price, 2016
- Brent Limyansky, 2016