Welcome to the Takatori Lab!
Our objective is to understand and engineer unconventional, nature-inspired soft materials.
We combine theoretical fluid dynamics and statistical physics with bottom-up biomolecular experiments.
Understanding microbial fitness in non-Newtonian fluids by analyzing bacterial interaction with biopolymers and protein crosslinkers.
Predicting growth and mechanics of bacterial colonies by developing theories that incorporate bacterial division, packing, and glassy dynamics.
Using nonequilibrium forces to design advanced soft materials like colloidal hydrogels + dense amorphous suspensions.
Illustration by David S. Goodsell, the Scripps Research Institute
Analyzing dynamics of proteins and polysaccharides on curved membrane surfaces and at cell interfaces with in-vitro experiments and simulations.