Biophysics: Microbes and Microscopy

We’re biophysicists exploring the structure and dynamics of biological materials, focusing especially on bacterial communities. Much of our work uses 3D optical microscopy and computational image analysis to explore the gut microbiome, asking how microbes move, build structures, and interact with each other and with the dynamic physical environment of their host. We’re also interested in general questions of how soft materials and complex fluids self-organize. Please see the Research page for more information (and a few pictures).  “We” means Prof. Raghuveer Parthasarathy, graduate students, undergraduate students, and postdocs. The lab is part of the Physics Department at the University of Oregon.

Feel free to contact Prof. Parthasarathy (raghu [at] with questions, including inquiries about joining the group.

Click for a poster (PDF, PNG) aimed at prospective graduate students, surveying the sorts of things my lab does, including making great desserts!

Click for a description of Prof. Parthasarathy's pop-science book about biophysics,, So Simple a Beginning: How Four Physical Principles Shape Our Living World, published in early 2022.

Click for our particle localization and tracking page.

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