Researchers

Gourab Ghoshal

Gourab Ghoshal

Research Associate
Perez-Mercader Lab, Rowland Institute

Gourab Ghoshal got his undergraduate and master's degrees in theoretical physics from the University of London, UK. He then completed his PhD in Statistical Physics under the supervision of Prof. Mark Newman at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Following this, he was a postdoctoral research scientist at the Center for Complex Networks Research headed by Prof. A.-L. Barabasi and a visiting research scholar at the Media Lab at M.I.T in the group of Alex "Sandy" Pentland. His research has been published in Nature, Science and Physical Review Letters.

617-497-4600
Tereza Pereira de Souza

Tereza Pereira de Souza

Research Associate
Perez-Mercader Lab, Rowland Institute

Tereza Pereira de Souza is a licentiate in Mathematics by the São Paulo State (IBILCE-UNESP) Brazil. She has obtained her Ph.D. in Biochemistry at the Dept. of Biochemistry, University of São Paulo (USP, Brazil). Thesis: "The analysis of ionic properties in anionic and zwitterionic micelles or cationic vesicles systems: a mean field theoretical approach." Later she worked as a post doctoral fellow at Prof. Pier Luigi Luisi group at Dept of Biology (UNIROMA3 -Italy) developing an experimental approach to the synthesis of proteins inside lipid vesicles using cell-free protein systems. She also worked as post doctoral fellow in the Prof. Alfred Fahr group at Dept. of Pharmaceutical Technology (FSU-Jena, Germany), where she worked with the entrapment of protein and ribosome inside of liposome, as well interactions of polyelectrolyte-membranes, physical chemistry of fatty acid vesicles, and vesicle formation investigations by freeze fracture and cryo-TEM.

Alberto Perez Muñuzuri

Alberto Perez Muñuzuri

Visiting Research Scholar
Perez-Mercader Lab, Rowland Institute

Alberto P. Munuzuri earned his undergraduate degree in the University of Santiago de Compostela, Spain where he completed his PhD. During his PhD he worked in different laboratories, Prof.  V.I. Krinsky (INLN-CNRS, Nice, France), Prof. M. Marcus (Max Plank Institut, Dortmund, Germany), Prof. E. Hofer (Univ. of Graz, Austria). Following this, he was a postdoctoral fellow at the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Dept. at the Univ. of California at Berkeley (USA), group of Prof. L.O. Chua and later at the group of Prof. Epstein and Prof. Zhabotinsky at the Univ. of Brandeis (USA). He is a permanent professor at the University of Santiago de Compostela, Spain where he was the leader of the Group of Non Linear Physics for several years and has been collaborating with different scientific groups in Europe and America.

Research Interests: Spatio-temporal pattern formation in Complex Systems.  Modelling biophysics. Autowaves, Turing structures, patterns in general.  Hydrodynamic instabilities coupled with pattern-forming reactions. Decision making algorithms in robotics based in biological waves.

Juan Perez-Mercader

Juan Perez-Mercader

Senior Research Fellow and Principal Investigator

Juan Pérez-Mercader earned his Ph.D. from the City College of New York. He is an Elected Member of the International Academy of Astronautics and of the European Academy of Arts and Sciences. In 1998 in Association with the NASA Astrobiology Institute, he founded Spain's Centro de Astrobiología (CAB) of which he was its first Director. He is the architect of Spain's current participation with infrastructure and instrumentation on board Mars Science Laboratory that arrived on Mars in August 2012. He is Profesor de Investigación in Spain's National Research Council (CSIC) and an External Faculty at the Santa Fe Institute. In 2010, he joined Harvard as a Senior Research Fellow in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences and the university's Origins of Life Initiative, where he leads a project on the "Top-down Synthesis of an Ex-novo Chemical Artificial Living System".

617-496-9315
Sunita Walter

Sunita Walter

Research Associate
Pearson

PhD Dissertation title: "Metabolism and fate of marine archaea: Insights from compound specific radiocarbon analysis"
PhD Advisor: Ann Pearson