Lab philosophy

 

 

  1. Develop rigorous analytical and computational techniques to push the boundaries of existing fundamental theories.
  2. Execute well-designed, hypothesis-based experiments that test fundamental theories and lead to new and transformative discoveries.
  3. Disseminate our findings with the broader scientific community through clear, impactful, and well-delivered oral presentations and publications.

 

 

We are building a new, energetic lab of highly talented, motivated, collaborative, and self-propelled scientists and engineers who pursue fundamental advances at the interface of soft condensed matter, materials science, and chemistry/physics of living systems.
Our goal is to become leaders in these fields. An equally important goal is to train students to become independent researchers and become the best chemical engineers of their generation.  To achieve these goals, we must aim to

 

In addition to strong scientific curiosity and enthusiasm, we seek researchers who will foster an overall healthy lab culture with a positive mental attitude. Openness towards communication and collaboration is a must. 

 

Join Us!
Talented and motivated individuals at all academic stages are encouraged to contact us!  We seek candidates from all relevant fields, but especially in chemical engineering, materials science, physics, chemistry, cell biology, and mechanical engineering.  We seek both experimentalists and theorists (and those who do both!):
Experimentalists with robust experience in cell surface glycochemistry, antibody chemistry/biology, airway epithelial cell biology, advanced microscopy techniques and instrumentation development, membrane biophysics, polymer and colloidal chemistry.  Basic biomolecular and biochemical techniques (e.g., protein purification) is helpful.  Knowledge in immunology is also a plus.
 
Theorists with strong analytical and computational background in polymer physics (especially polyelectrolyte brushes), membrane physics, irreversible thermodynamics, colloidal hydrodynamics (low-Reynolds number fluid mechanics), and statistical mechanics of nonequilibrium liquids.
Lab members eligible for external fellowships are expected to apply for them. This will not only benefit the lab, but most importantly you will have more intellectual freedom and an early record of your ability to generate funding, which will empower you and advance your path in both industry and/or academia.
Once again, we want you to become independent researchers and become the best chemical engineers of your generation.
Postdoctoral scholars
Interested researchers should email your CV, names and contact information of three individuals who could provide a letter of reference, and a brief summary of the research you wish to undertake in our group.  Please also describe your future career plans. 
Postdoctoral scholars are strongly encouraged to apply to external fellowships, like the James S McDonnell Postdoctoral Fellowship, the NSF Postdoctoral Fellowships, President's Postdoctoral Fellowship Program, and many others.  We are very happy to work with you to submit an application together.
 
Mentoring students and applying for your own funding will be a necessary and valuable part of your training in the lab. 
PhD students
We welcome students from all relevant departments!  Prospective graduate students should apply through Graduate Admissions and get in touch with us!  Prospective and current PhD students are strongly encouraged to apply to external fellowships, like the DOE Computational Fellowship, NDSEG, and many others.
Mentoring students and applying for your own funding will be a necessary and valuable part of your training in the lab. 
Undergraduate students
Please email your CV and a brief research statement to Prof Takatori.

Department of Chemical Engineering
Engineering II Building
University of California, Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, CA 93106

stakatori [at] berkeley.edu

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