May 2018
Colin successfully defends his thesis! He will be heading to Germany to complete a postdoc in the Nourmohammad Group at the Max Planck Institute for Dynamics and Self-organization.

April 2018
Sarah's review on replisome dynamics is published in Current Genetics (see pubs)!

March 2018
Monica is awarded an NSF graduate research fellowship!

March 2018
Jackie's paper on T6SS dynamics is published (see pubs)!

January 2018
Stella's paper is accepted (see pubs)!

January 2018
Physics graduate student Isaac Shelby joins collaboration between the Wiggins and Fu Labs. Welcome Isaac!

August 2017
Monica receives Molecular Biophysics Training Grant. Congrats Monica!

August 2017
Jackie passes her final exam and accepts postdoc in the Gahlmann Lab at University of Virginia!

July 2017
Sarah passed her final exam. She will continue her work as a postdoc in Wiggins/Merrikh Labs.

June 2017
Microbiology graduate student Monica Cesinger joins the the Merrikh/Wiggins Labs to study DNA replication!

June 2017
Congrats to Dr. Julie Cass! Julie will be joining the Daniel Lab at UW as a postdoc.

March 2017
Dr. Stella passed her final exam and now works at Google!

January 2017
Sarah's papers on replisome positioning and dynamics were accepted at PLoS Genetics and eLife (see pubs)!

January 2017
Julie's paper on image cytometry was published (see pubs)!

September 2016
Colin passes his general exam!

September 2016
Stella's paper on SuperSegger was published (see pubs)!

June 2016
Julie's paper on Chromosome Dynamics was published (see pubs)!

June 2015
Sarah absolutely slays her general exam. Good work!

May 2015
Stella celebrates May Day by acing her general exam!

April 2015
Julie passed her general exam too! Woo hoo!

March 2015
Jackie passed her general exam with flying colors. Congrats!!!

January 2015
Dr. Nate's paper with the Spakowitz group is featured as New and Notable by the Biophysical Journal!

October 2014
Stella's mRNA dynamics paper and Dr. Nate's ASKA paper are accepted (see pubs)!

May 2014
Jackie and Stella present their work at the 2014 Northwest APS meeting.

February 2014
Dr. Nate, Jackie, and Sarah travel to San Fran to present their work at the 2014 BPS Conference.

September 2013
Physics graduate student Stella Stylianidou joins the group.

June 2013
Physics graduate student Jackie Corbitt joins the group.

May 2013
Nate's paper on chromosome segregation.

January 2013
Physics grad student Sarah Mangiameli joins the lab to work on DNA replication.

September 2012
Physics Grad Student Julie Cass joins the lab to work on chromosome segregation in E. coli. Welcome!

June 2012
Congrats to the newly minted Dr. Brian Ross (about time!)

Despite being one of the oldest scientific disciplines, there still exist many fundamental unanswered questions in biology. With the relatively recent advent and rapid development of advanced microscopy techniques and genetics, we are now able to directly visualize subcellular biological processes in real-time with single-molecule sensitivity. This revolution in the field of quantitative biology has opened up many new and exciting experimental possibilities and has provided new tools to better understand the world around us.

Here in the Wiggins Lab, we are interested in the origins of structure and organization in biological systems. We study the "hydrogen atom" of biology: the tiny, single-celled bacterium. Bacteria are the smallest and some of the oldest organisms on the planet and because of their relative simplicity, they are an ideal experimental system to investigate basic biological questions. We use a combination of experimental, computational, and theoretical approaches in our work, including single-molecule microscopy, the development of advanced automated image analysis software, and quantitative biophysical models and simulations. Check out our Research page for more information on our current projects.

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