Otger Campás

campas [at] engineering [dot] ucsb [dot] edu
(805) 893-4015
Department of Mechanical Engineering
Engineering II Bldg., Office 2334
Santa Barbara, CA 93106-5070


The research of Professor Campás focuses on morphogenesis and self-organization of living systems. His group combines theory and experiments, as well as concepts from physics, biology, materials science and engineering, to obtain a global (or 'systems') understanding of the problems they work on. Their current interests span several topics such as embryonic development, tissue growth, cell shape, and morphological variation. Theoretical work in his group includes concepts from non-linear physics (dynamical systems), graph theory, fluid mechanics and soft-matter physics. Experimental work includes microfluidics, mechanics, microscopy, genetics, etc.

Professor Campás is a faculty member in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and in the Center for Bioengineering. He did his PhD in Biological Physics at the Curie Institute (Paris), and his postdoctoral research in Applied Mathematics and Physics at Harvard University. He also performed part of his postdoctoral research at Harvard Medical School and the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard. He currently holds a Mellichamp Endowed Chair in Systems Biology.