We are an interdisciplinary group of researchers spanning the fields of mathematics, physics, materials science, engineering, computer science, statistics, biology, neuroscience, psychology, and communications. We share the desire for understanding the laws that govern complex systems as populations of interacting entities.

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Erol Akçay Ph.D - Assistant Professor of Biology


The Akçay lab focuses on understanding the evolution complex biological and social organization from a theoretical biology approach. In particular they study how cooperation evolves in a range of species.

Keywords: Social Groups



Danielle S. Bassett, Ph.D - Associate Professor of Bioengineering


Research in the Bassett lab involves understanding how biological and physical systems function through the lens of network science. Current projects include controllability in brain networks, knowledge acquisition and creativity, and dynamical systems on graphs.

Keyword: biological and physical networks



Robin Clark, Ph.D - Professor of Linguistics

Dr. Clark’s work focuses on agent-based models, populations and games, as well as number sense and strategic reasoning in neuroscience.

Keywords: game theory, agent-based modeling



Jennifer E. Phillips-Cremins, Ph.D - Assistant Professor of Bioengineering


The Cremins lab uses quantitative approaches to uncover epigenetic mechanisms controlling development, with a larger focus on understanding how the genome architecture influences genome function.

Keyword: Genes


Emily Falk, Ph.D. - Associate Professor of Communication, Psychology, and Marketing


Prof. Falk employs a variety of methods drawn from communication science, neuroscience and psychology. Her work traverses levels of analysis from individual behavior, to diffusion in group and population level media effects

Keywords: brain and social networks



Eleni Katifori, Ph.D. - Assistant Professor of Physics


The Katifori lab studies the physics behind morphological and functional attributes of living organisms. In particular the lab works on questions involving biological transport networks and the elasticity and geometry of thin sheets.

Keyword: leaf vasculature



Junhyong Kim, Ph.D. - Professor of Biology 


Dr. Kim and lab focus on the evolutionary and molecular biology of the cell with a a mathematical and computational approach. Specifically projects include single cell genomics, genomics of mammalian neurons, and molecular evolution.

Keyword: Genes



David Meaney, Ph.D - Professor of Bioengineering


Combining molecular biology tools with computational neuroscience and imaging, the Meaney lab works to understand the pathophysiology of traumatic brain injury.

Keyword: Neural circuits

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Joshua B. Plotkin, Ph.D. - Professor of Biology


The Plotkin lab uses mathematics and computation to study evolutionary questions including adaptation in populations, viral evolution, and evolutionary population genetics.



Ravi Radhakrishnan, Ph.D. - Professor of Bioengineering


The Radhakrishnan lab seeks to characterize complex biomolecular systems at the molecular level and to derive quantitative microscopic models for predicting interactions of therapeutic agents with innate signaling.

Keyword: molecular



Ted Satterthwaite, MD - Assistant Professor of Psychiatry


The goal of the Satterthwaite lab is to understand normal brain development and how maturation process alterations can lead to psychiatric illness. Their research involves multi-modal neuroimaging, network science, and machine learning methods.

Keyword: Brain networks



Russell (Taki) Shinohara, Ph.D. - Associate Professor of Biostatistics


Prof. Shinohara is part of the Penn Statistical Imaging and Visualization Endeavor (PennSIVE) which focuses on advancing medical imaging analysis and integration to study health.

Keywords: Statistics