Rob Phillips

Rob Phillips grew up in San Diego, California in a home filled with books, leading to a love affair with books and reading that has continued to this day. He is the Fred and Nancy Morris Professor of Biophysics and Biology at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, California. Phillips received his PhD in condensed matter physics at Washington University in 1989 studying with Anders Carlsson from whom he learned an enormous amount about the conduct of science and about science itself.

Prior to the great fun of a life in science, he spent seven years of travel, self-study and work as an electrician. Work in the Phillips Laboratory has one central aim: to explore the extent to which biological phenomena can be subjected to the cycle of prediction and experiment familiar from physics.    To that end, work in the laboratory covers a wide variety of topics ranging from the principles of allosteric signaling to the statistical physics of gene regulation to the role of mechanosensation in cellular physiology to the lifestyles of viruses.