Awarded in 2009
Home Department: Bioengineering
Faculty Advisor: Kerwyn Huang (Bioengineering)
Research Description: Tristan’s research concentrated on the mesoscopic scale, where proteins, lipids, and their aggregates are examined as mechanical elements that respond to stresses in the environment. His goal was to probe the importance of physical and mechanical forces in mechanisms driving cellular organization by integrating approaches from experimental cell biology, biochemistry, and biophysics with theoretical studies based on mechanics, statistical physics, and computational biology. As a consequence, his research benefited from natural collaborations with faculty from the Schools of Medicine and Engineering.
Tristan is an assistant professor of physics at the University of Oregon working on microbial community biophysics.