Nature is dynamic. From celestial bodies orbiting around each other
and emitting radiation in a pulsed manner
to the ever changing climate and geology of our own planet, and all
the way to living systems, which exhibit all kinds of rhythmic
behavior, natural phenomena
are governed by the laws of dynamical systems.
Nonlinearities in the interactions between the system components
and in the response to external perturbations, together with
random fluctuations both intrinsic and extrinsic to the process
complicate our understanding of the dynamic world.
The goal of our lab is to study and
characterize the dynamical behavior of living systems, and use
this knowledge to understand how these systems operate and
self-organize in complex yet well-coordinated processes.
The phenomena that we study include synchronization, noise-induced phenomena, pattern formation, excitability, and limit-cycle behavior, among others. The living systems whose behavior we examine include bacteria, stem cells, the immune system, and the brain. In these systems we explore processes such as gene regulation, intra- and inter-cellular signaling, cortical oscillations, and information processing.