Boris Shraiman is a Permanent Member of KITP and a Professor in the UCSB Dept of Physics. He is a theoretical physicist with background in statistical physics. He has worked on a range of physics problems from correlated electrons and superconductivity to pattern formation and turbulence. He started working on biology problems about 15 years ago, while at Bell Labs.
His current research interests are in:
1. Morphogenesis, addressing the problem of “Growth and Form” in animal development.
2. Statistical Genetics, which aims to quantitatively describe evolutionary dynamics in populations.
As a permanent member of KITP he is also deeply involved with developing interdisciplinary programs at KITP aimed at building up the interdisciplinary physics/biology community.