Team

Robert Ross

Robert studied physiology in Edinburgh, UK, followed by a masters in systems biology (Warwick) and went on to complete a PhD at the Mathematical Institute at the University of Oxford with a thesis on cell migration and proliferation on growing domains. (Read more about Robert.)

Héctor Francisco Medina Abarca

Héctor has completed his undergraduate degree in integrative genomic sciences at UNAM, Mexico, with an internship in our Lab. He is now a graduate student in the Harvard systems biology PhD program. Héctor is using Kappa to model combinatorial scaffolding in the Wnt system.

Pierre Boutillier

Pierre is a computer scientist developing theory and software related to rule-based modeling. He was a postdoctoral fellow in our group and is now a DARPA-funded independent contractor working out of Paris, France.

Walter Fontana (PI)

Trained as a chemist, mentored in theoretical molecular biology by Peter Schuster (Vienna), educated in evolutionary biology by Leo Buss (Yale), self-taught in computer science and charmed by the social sciences through John Padgett (Chicago), Walter has straddled many divides and taken risks in pursuing a professional trajectory shaped by the desire for a broadly engaging cross-disciplinary environment more than by career safety. He moved from the Santa Fe Institute to Harvard Medical School in September 2004. In seeing the opportunities that quantitative thinking and technology bring to experimental biology, the Fontana Lab pursued a theoretical and an experimental agenda that were deliberately distinct from each other. Having achieved a significant experimental milestone, the lab returned to all-computational and theoretical research in 2017. (Read more about Walter.)