I was trained as a mathematician and theoretical physicist at Imperial College and Cambridge University. As a graduate student I worked on the swimming of sperm at the Max-Planck-Institute for the Physics of Complex Systems.
Before coming to Toronto I was a Research Fellow in the Department of Systems Biology at Harvard Medical School.
I now have the world's best commute.
Graduated from McGill University in Physics and Mathematics. Joined the U of T Physics Graduate Program in 2018.
A key aim of systems biology is to characterize gene regulatory networks in cells. This is a monumental challenge, as high throughput methods like single-cell sequencing and flow cytometry generate static population snapshots (making dynamic inference difficult), perturbation experiments often affect many components at once (making causal inference difficult), and lastly, these networks are sparsely characterized (making mathematical modelling difficult). My research focuses on exploiting fluctuations in gene expression to infer causal and dynamic properties of gene regulatory networks from static snapshots of cell-to-cell variability.
From U of T Physics (UG) to U of T Physics (PG). Why change a thing?
Brayden (B) Kell
Graduated from UofT in Biological Physics and Mathematics. Former research assistant at Sunnybrook Research Institute in tomographic breast imaging.
Currently, my scientific interests lie in quantitative approaches to understanding and engineering biological systems. In my PhD thesis I use tools from theoretical physics, applied mathematics, and computation to uncover fundamental performance limits in molecular regulatory systems in biological cells. In collaboration with experimentalists, I aim to demonstrate these limitations in real biological cells and establish novel design principles for the construction of biological circuits.
I also have a strong interest in pedagogical research for quantitative biology and biophysics education, as well as in undergraduate teaching itself.
I am from Fredericton, New Brunswick where I completed my undergraduate with a BA in Philosophy and a BSc in Biology-Physics with a minor in Mathematics. I am now a PhD student at the University of Toronto in the Hilfinger group where I am interested in developing multi-scale models of biological signal transduction pathways using stochastic fluctuations, leveraging our knowledge of modeling in physics in a biologically useful way. I am also interested in Physics Education Research, and the philosophy of Physics. When not doing Physics, you can find me reading German idealist philosophy or trying out a new sport which I am not very good at (currently badminton).
I am from Beijing and completed my undergraduate at Nanjing University. I am currently working on the statistical properties of cyclo-stationary models. I am interested in using quantitative tools to regulate and engineer living systems. Out of working hours, I enjoy literature and music, especially polyphony on the keyboard.
Alumni - Alumnae
Mir Mikdad Talpur
Undergraduate researcher (UofT). Now graduate student at UofT.
Undergraduate researcher (UofT). Now MSc candidate in Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology at UofT.
Visiting Masters student. On loan from the university of Mainz. Now PhD student at the University of Cologne.
Postdoctoral Research Fellow. Previous position: PhD student at Bar-Ilan University.
Fields Institute Undergraduate Researcher (UofT). Now graduate student in statistics at Stanford.
Ruo Ning Qiu
Fields Institute Undergraduate Researcher (UofT). Now graduate student in mathematics at UBC.
Fields Institute Undergraduate Researcher (Rice University).
Fields Institute Undergraduate Researcher. University of Illinois. Now graduate student at Harvard University School of Public Health.
MPhil in Computational Biology Intern from Cambridge University. Now graduate researcher at Cambridge University.
Undergraduate Research Volunteer. Now graduate student in statistics at UofT.
Fields Institute Undergraduate Researcher from University of Michigan. Now graduate student at Harvard University.
Fields Institute Undergraduate Researcher from Carleton. Now graduate student at University of Washington.
Zhehao (Kenny) Zhang
Fields Institute Undergraduate Researcher from University of Santa Barbara. Now graduate student at University of Washington.
Co-op research student. Now graduate student at McMaster University.
Zi Tong (Jerry) Wang
Undergraduate research volunteer. Now graduate student in biology at Caltech.
Undergraduate research volunteer. Now graduate student in medical biophysics at UofT.
UTM - ROP Student. Now graduate student in Engineering and Artificial Intelligence at University of Guelph / Vector Inst.
UTM - ROP Student.
Now Analyst at KPMG.