We are studying complex dynamical systems for understanding fundamental principles governing living systems at various scales of organization. Our work has focused on:
- the relationships between the structure of such systems and their dynamics;
- the ability to balance robustness with adaptability in an uncertain and variable environment while making decisions in response to information in the environment;
- this includes work on phase transitions and criticality
- the coordination of complex behaviors, computation, and memory;
- and the emergence of diversity.
We are exploring information-theoretic approaches to tackle these questions, using mathematical and statistical modeling, computer simulations, and large-scale biological measurements.