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New Applications of Statistical Mechanics

Here our strategy is to apply a well developed set of tools to new contexts.

In granular materials geometrical frustration is mapped onto pseudo-thermal fluctuations leading to new insights and scaling laws.

In molecular biology we have brought together statistical mechanics, computational statistics and massively parallel single-cell expression assay data to shed light on how DNA sequences known to act in the regulation of gene transcription (CRMs)interact to control the expression of a key mammalian gene (MyoD1).

In Social Dynamics we are exploring the relevance of statistical mechanics models of consensus formation – particularly the Axelrod Model – to social phenomena.

Application areas:

  • granular materials
  • dynamics of opinions and markets
  • molecular biology