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Bump Array

Sorting particles at the microscale

We use an array of posts to sort cells, bacteria, particles or any other biological materials.

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Evolutionary Development

The dymamics of bacterial evolution

Microfabricated environments are used to study the evolutionary dynamics of bacteria when subjected to metabolic or physical stress.

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Microscopic Swimmers

Sisyphus at the nanoscale

The behavior of bacteria undergoing topotaxis at the microscale is studied with the help of theoretical models and custom-made microstructures.

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Biofuel Algae

Directed evolution of oil-producing algae

We to utilize our microfabication technology to create microhabitats to control and monitor the nutrient environment of oil-producing species of algae.

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Physical Oncology

The experimental physics of cancer

Our aim is to study, from a physics point of view, the behavior of metastatic cancer cells in contact with normal tissues.

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The Robert H. Austin Research Group in Biophysics is a research group based in the physics department of Princeton University which probes the biological limits of evolving organisms under stress.

Our research focuses primarily on the use of microarrays and nanotechnology to further our physical understanding of biological processes, such as the dynamics of cells when subjected to stress. We ultimately want to understand, and possible guide, the evolution of microrganisms by culturing them inside custom-made micro-environments.

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