“If the facts don’t fit the theory, change the facts.”
“It is the theory that decides what can be observed.”
– Albert Einstein
“Biologists can be divided into two classes: experimentalists who observe things that cannot be explained, and theoreticians who explain things that cannot be observed.”
– Aharon Katzir-Katchalsky or George Oster
The quotes above clearly show the difference between traditional physical sciences and biology. However, currently biology is at an exciting transition era, much like what happened to physics and chemistry hundreds of years ago. Through integrating physics (mainly statistical physics and chemical physics),chemistry, and engineering principles into studying the dynamics of biological processes at various length and time scales, our lab is interested in elucidating the general physical principles, as well as real biomedical applications. We achieve our goals through collaborating with other experimentalists and performing experiments by ourselves.