Our vision is to quantify, understand, and control emergent collective phenomena in soft materials and living systems. We combine theoretical modeling, computational analysis, and table-top experiments to investigate these questions in animate and inanimate systems across molecular, cellular, and organismal scales. By studying specific examples, we aim to uncover general principles and elucidate functional consequences of soft, nonequilibrium physics for biology and engineering. Our research is curiosity-driven and deeply interdisciplinary and collaborative. Along with fostering innovative science, the lab is committed to advancing diversity, equity, and belonging in the group by cultivating an inclusive environment that supports the well-being and success of all its members.