Po-Ta Chen

Graduate Student
125 Jadwin Hall

PhD program in Quantitative and Computational Biology, entered 2015


I am working with Thomas Gregor and am in the 6th year of the Quantitative and Computational Biology PhD program. I have a broad interest in understanding gene regulation at different scales. In my current study, I’ve been focusing on optimizing fluorescent microscopy to measure important physical parameters of transcription processes from living Drosophila embryos. I aim to build up a multiscale model that links upstream transcription activator dynamics to the downstream promoter and RNA Pol II activities, hoping to establish a quantitative ground toward understanding more complicated phenomena such as gene regulatory networks or pattern formation in developmental systems.