...Synthetic biology (gene regulatory networks)
...Systems biology (complex biological networks)
During my doctoral studies, I conducted mathematical and computational (Monte-Carlo simulations) analyses on non-equilibrium stochastic processes under the direction of both Prof. den Nijs (Physics, University of Washington) and Prof. Qian (Applied Mathematics, University of Washington). I was trained to be a mathematical modeler and analyst.
In my post-doctoral research, my main effort was investigating stochastic biological networks with regard to modularity, stochasticity and nonlinearity, by using my inter-disciplinary background knowledge and skills developed in physics and applied mathematics. I took a leading role in supporting computational and mathematical research conducted by the group of Prof. Herbert Sauro (UW Bioengineering), in particular, focusing on synthetic network design and analysis.
Currently as an acting assistant professor I have been experimentally verifying these theoretical results that I obtained in my post-doctoral study, by re-engineering E. coli cells.
My theoretical studies were supported under an NSF grant in Theoretical Biology ($660K; 2008-2012; PI: Sauro) and the theories are currently under an experimental verification process with another NSF grant awarded from the Molecular and Cellular Biosciences program ($546K; 2012-2015; PI: Sauro). For both the grants, I wrote the main research plans.