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Sameer  Varma

Sameer Varma

Sameer Varma
Associate Professor


Office: ISA 6205
Phone: 813/974-9288
Lab: ISA 6050A



B.Sc. Physics, Indian Institute of Technology

Ph.D. Biophysics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Professional Experience

Postdoctoral Fellow, Sandia National Laboratories, Albuquerque

Research Assistant Professor, Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago


Computational Biology and Biophysics

We develop and utilize physics- and informatics-based computer simulation methods to study biological mechanisms at the molecular scale. We are particularly interested in understanding the details of how cell membranes function, such as how they respond to extrinsic constraints and how they regulate the selective transport of solutes. We are also looking closely at how individual proteins aggregate to form larger functional assemblies, including fibers, and how proteins interact with each other during signal transduction. These studies will shed light on the fundamental physical principles that underlie a variety of physiological processes, ranging from nutrient uptake, locomotion, gene regulation and volume homoeostasis in single cells to nerve conduction, muscle regulation, tissue formation and immune response in eukaryotes.

Graduate Students

Nalvi Duro, Alekhya Abhiram Kandoor , Matthew Saunders