Matti Gralka

I am a Simons postdoctoral fellow in Marine Microbial Ecology in Otto Cordero's lab at MIT where I study how microscopic interactions in complex microbial communities on chitin particles guide community assembly and function. My goal is to employ quantitative methods to find unifying principles in the interaction of ecology and evolution in microbial communities that can lead to a predictive understanding of community function and resilience. Raised a theorist, I am now mostly an experimentalist with a soft spot for theory.

Before coming to MIT, I was a graduate student in Physics at the University of California Berkeley in the lab of Oskar Hallatschek, where I worked on evolutionary dynamics in microbial colonies and more generally on trying to understand how spatial structure affects the action of selection.

Initially, I studied Physics at Leipzig University in Germany where I worked with Klaus Kroy on mathematical models concerning the question of how biological materials can be so soft, yet resilient at the same time; a consequence of the continual remodeling of polymers inside cells and tissues.

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