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Welcome to the Anderson Lab!


Our lab studies the physics of soft matter, biomaterials, and biopolymer networks. We use fluorescence microscopy and optical trapping techniques to image and track single molecules and measure intermolecular forces within these fascinating squishy materials. Current systems of interest include entangled linear and ring DNA, networks of cytoskeletal proteins such as actin and microtubules, and biopolymer composites. We also engage in developing new microrheology, particle-tracking and image analysis techniques to probe soft materials and macromolecular networks. Click here for more about our research.

Postdoc Positions Now Available!

Interested in joining our lab? We welcome postdocs with a wide range of backgrounds, expertise and interests. Contact us for more information!

Where can you find us?

We are part of the Physics and Biophysics Department at the University of San Diego. USD is a predominantly undergraduate liberal arts institution located on a mesa overlooking beautiful sunny San Diego. Can't beat that!

All of the science departments are housed together in the state-of-the-art Shiley Center for Science and Technology, which facilitates collaboration and interdisciplinary research - great for our research, which is very interdisciplinary!!

Message to Undergraduates: "I strongly believe in the importance of undergraduate research, so I encourage undergraduates interested in research to start early and continue throughout their undergraduate career. I also believe interdisciplinary research is crucial for scientific advancement, so students from all STEM disciplines are welcome and encouraged to pursue research with us!"

Interested in pursuing research in our group? Click here.