Welcome to the McGorty lab website!
Here at the University of San Diego in the Department of Physics and Biophysics we look at a number of different soft and squishy materials (some living and some not) with a whole bunch of different optical microscopy methods. We are particularly keen on inventing new optical methods because (1) it's fun and (2) we can use that to learn something new about soft materials.
Some of the recent work we've been doing involves:
Building a light-sheet microscope (LSM)
Building a digital holographic microscope
Using the LSM to look at DNA
Using the LSM to look at microtubules and actin
Using the LSM to look at colloidal particles
Developing an LED-matrix microscope
Looking at plant development and growth of roots
Looking at foams
Investigating fluid-fluid phase separation
Observing droplets coalescing
If any of this sounds interesting, come by to visit! Our lab is in SCST 255. Ryan's office is in SCST 284. We are always looking for interested and motivated students to work with us.