Josh Mueller graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 2015 with a B.A. in Biochemistry and a double minor in Mathematics and Physics. He is a third year Ph.D. candidate in the Complex Systems Group under the guidance of Professor Jean Carlson. In collaboration with the Simpson group at UCSB, Josh studies the mechanisms underlying grooming sequence generation in Drosophila.
My decision to join DYNS was primarily based on the answer to a single question: will I be in the best possible position to translate exploration of my intellectual interests into innovative research? To me, “exploration” and “innovation” connote a certain degree of unconventionality and openness, both of which I strongly believe are essential for a satisfying, successful graduate school experience. As the first student in the program to join a research group in the Physics Department, I knew I was entering uncharted territory but was confident that my experience would be unique, challenging, and fulfilling thanks to the deep commitment of DYNS to interdisciplinary cross-pollination. That assessment has proven true, as I have been fortunate to complete coursework and engage in ambitious research collaborations across several departments, including Physics, Psychological & Brain Sciences, Molecular, Cell, & Developmental Biology, Electrical & Computer Engineering, and Statistics. Working alongside experts in these domains has only increased my curiosity and has pushed me to expand my skill set, satisfying my urge to explore and grow every day.