Materials Science and Engineering
Membranes, vesicles, and cells: biophysical mechanisms and bio-inspired materials
Parikh’s research group performs experimental research in basic science and engineering at the intersection of the physical and biological sciences. The group seeks to apply the tools, knowledge and insights from the physical sciences to the understanding of materials, mechanisms and processes of a living cell, and translate the physical understanding of cellular systems to design biologically-inspired synthetic materials, networks and systems. These efforts are aimed toward understanding the physical-chemical processes that underscore the origin and rules for life in order to design synthetic protocells.