Margaret L. Gardel

Horace B. Horton Professor of Physics and Molecular Engineering; James Franck Institute and Institute of Biophysical Dynamics

Research and Scholarly Interests

Cell and tissue mechanics, polymer physics, cell adhesion and migration

Lab Group

What drew you to PME?

What drew me was the commitment to creating new engineering disciplines.

What are you most proud of accomplishing in your time at PME?

I am most proud of forging a vibrant collaboration on active fluids with de Pablo’s group.  Our groups now have close and lasting synergy in this new area of inquiry. 

Where do you see PME in 10 years?

In 10 years, I see it with expanded faculty and new thought areas.

What breakthroughs do you anticipate will happen in your field in 10 years?

I think the experimental tools developed to dynamically perturb living systems from molecular to organismal length scales will yield new insight into their design.

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