Welcome to my site. I am currently a Postdoc in Mike Murrell’s group at Yale. I got my PhD working in the lab of Dan Blair and within the Institute for Soft Matter Synthesis and Metrology I(SM)^2 at Georgetown University.
My PhD research was in Soft Condensed Matter, which is essentially the study of squishy materials. I was focused on reconstituted silk protein networks, using a variety of methods that include bulk rheology, confocal microscopy, small angle neutron scattering, and dynamic light scattering.
In addition to silk, I am interested in other biological systems, particularly the cell. The cell is an extremely complicated environment that we oversimplify out of necessity. When learning about cells, I was always put off by the way people said things along the lines of, “it does this so that it can do that” as if the cell consciously made a decision. Now, I see Physics as a tool to truly understand what is happening and, more importantly, why?
Feel free to contact me at a.pasha.tabatabai(at)gmail(dot)com if you are interested or have any questions!