The physics of music and speech, and cellular biophysics.
Our group studies the acoustics of the voice and of musical instruments. We also look at more general issues such as instrumental technologies, speech perception and information content of music. We have developed a technique for rapid, precise measurement of acoustic impedance spectra and transfer functions under a range of conditions. We use this technique to study musical instruments and the human vocal tract and its involvement in speech, singing and wind instrument performance, and various interactions between player and instrument during performance, including control of pitch, loudness, timbre and articulation.
Important examples of cellular thermodynamics occur in cryobiology and anhydrobiology. Many living tissues are damaged by freezing and/or dehydration. I study the thermal physics of these processes at scales from the ultrastructural to the environmental.