Ofer Kimchi

Areas of Research: Theoretical biophysics, RNA interactions, self-assembly

Before joining the LSI, I received my PhD in Biophysics from Harvard University. I am broadly interested in exploring the mechanisms by which structures arise in biology from molecular interactions. How does biology leverage its inherent out-of-equilibrium aspects to realize robust assemblies, and to what extent can we implement similar processes in laboratory settings? I am especially intrigued by how intramolecular structure in RNA molecules can modulate inter-strand interactions. How can this modulation be leveraged both by cells and by us as a feature rather than a bug?