Sidhartha Goyal got his PhD in Physics at Princeton in 2009 and then moved to  KITP, UC Santa Barbara for a postdoc. He got his first degree in Electrical Engineering from IIT Bombay.  Since 2014, he is an Assistant Professor in the Physics Department at University of Toronto’s downtown (St. George) campus. For more details, see CV.



Madeleine Bonsma-Fisher received her Bachelor of madeleine bonsmaScience in honours co-operative physics with a minor in biology from the University of Waterloo in 2014. She hails from the small town of Wellandport, Ontario. Madeleine enjoys trees, stars, ice cream, bicycles, running, reading, hiking, knitting, and playing the piano. Her current interests are the bacterial-virus evolutionary arms race as found in the CRISPR system, a fascinating topic that has many diverse applications from human health to cheese making. She is working on an open source tool to make CRISPR information more easily accessible for researchers and the public.  See: Personal Webpage

1009-2Christopher Nunn received his Bachelor of Science honours with specialization in astrophysics from Queen’s University in 2015.  His current interests concern mitochondrial aging, maintenance, and inheritance. He is working on experimental tools to detect mitochondrial DNA diversity in populations of yeast, as well as models to describe this distribution of DNA resulting from both cell and population level selection.

Ue-Yu Pen is working on prophage ecology in the background of bacteria-phage competition.

Sophie McGibbon-Gardner is developing methods to understand the clonal structure of large evolving populations.


 Sabyasachi Dasgupta10372980_679112458803350_7292367204864187349_o received his PhD in 2014 from University of Cologne, Germany and then followed  by a postdoc at the Mechanobiology Institute, National University of Singapore (2015-2017) he moved  in 2017 to University of Toronto. Currently, his major interests are towards single cell genomics, specifically towards constructing cell-lineage relationships and cell to cell transition dynamics. For more details, See: Personal Webpage


Marat Mufteev  wrote his MSc thesis on physical and mathematical models of cellular reprogramming and differentiation. Currently, he is a PhD student at the Department of Molecular Genetics, University of Toronto.

Dominique Soutiere developed a model for bacteria-phage co-evolutionary dynamics.

Christian Farfan developed theoretical tools to understand multilevel selection.


Alan Davidson  Department of Biochemistry, University of Toronto (Canada)

Boris Shraiman Department of Physics, University of California Santa Barbara  (USA)

Catherine O’Brien  Department of Surgery, University Health Network (Canada)

Gary Bader The Donnelly Center, University of Toronto (Canada)

Karen Maxwell Department of Molecular Genetics, University of Toronto (Canada)

Peter Zandstra University of Toronto & UBC, Vancouver (Canada)

Sevan Hopyan  SickKids, Toronto (Canada)

Tom Chou  Department of Biomathematics, University of California Los Angeles (USA)

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