The Myco-Fluidics Laboratory


The Myco-Fluidics Laboratory is a new laboratory for cell biology and biomechanics in the Math Sciences Building. We are interested in a broad range of problems at the intersection of math, fluid dynamics and fungal biology:

How do fungi disperse between ephemeral habitats?

What adaptations mean that some new disease spread, while others don’t?

How do chimeric fungi -- fungi with diverse nucleotypes -- manage their internal genetic diversity?

You can view videos from the lab on our YouTube channel, we were also recently featured in the New York Times, and on Science Friday.

Current facilities:

Our newly refurbished lab-space (in Math Sci. 3970) is equipped with culturing and micro-biological facilities, including an incubator, sterilizer and biosafety cabinet. The center-piece of our lab is a Zeiss M2Bio Fluorescence Microscope with compound and stereo- front lenses. We can use this microscope to film events on scales ranging from mm, such as the ejection of fungal spores, to microns, such as the positions of nuclei and other organelles within living fungal cells.


Team members:

Kaitlyn Hood, Graduate Student, Mathematics

Shyr-Shea Chang, Graduate Student, Mathematics,

Teng Wang, Graduate Student, Mathematics

Wenjun Cai, Undergraduate Researcher

Haoxuan Dou, Undergraduate Researcher

Sierra Foshe, Undergraduate Researcher

Boya Song, Undergraduate Researcher