About Me

Liu-Jonathan_2591I am a PhD student in the physics department at UC Berkeley studying the biophysics of gene regulatory networks. After graduating from Caltech with a B.S. in applied physics, I spent a year doing biophysics research with Prof. Dieter Braun at the Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich, Germany, under the sponsorship of the U.S. Fulbright Student Fellowship. I’m currently in my third year at Berkeley and am working with Prof. Hernan Garcia in studying gene regulatory networks in developmental biology. Take a look at my CV for more details!

Broadly speaking, my research interests include performing quantitative measurements of complex biological systems to refine our theoretical understanding of the underlying biophysics. In Munich, I studied the interfacial dynamics of DNA accumulation in fluid systems out of thermal equilibrium. Currently I study gene regulation in the context of the fruit fly embryo, a fascinating, messy system with a huge number of exciting unsolved problems. Read more about my research here.

Outside of science, I am an active collaborative pianist in the Bay Area. In my free time I enjoy social dancing, running, and cooking.

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