Mathematical Modeling of Living Systems Staff
Marian Carlson, Ph.D.
Director, Life Sciences
Marian Carlson received her A.B. from Harvard University and her Ph.D. in biochemistry from Stanford University. After postdoctoral research at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, in 1981 she joined the faculty at Columbia University, where she is a professor of genetics and development and has also served as senior associate dean and vice dean for research. Her laboratory used genetic analysis in yeast to identify and elucidate conserved mechanisms of signal transduction and transcriptional regulation, notably the SNF1/AMPK protein kinase pathway and the SWI-SNF chromatin remodeling complex. In 2008, she took a leave of absence to serve as a senior scientific officer at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. She joined the Simons Foundation in 2010.
Carlson is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Academy of Microbiology, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. She is a past president of the Genetics Society of America, and she received the 2009 Genetics Society of America Medal.
Andrew Millis, Ph.D.
Associate Director for Physics
Andrew Millis is associate director for Physics at the Simons Foundation. Millis is also a professor in the physics department at Columbia University, where he has been on the faculty since 2001 and served as department chair from 2006-2009. He received his Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1986. Prior to joining the Columbia faculty, he worked for ten years in the Theoretical Physics Research group at Bell Laboratories and served on the faculty at Johns Hopkins University and Rutgers University. Millis’ research interests are in the area of theoretical physics, with a particular focus on the properties of interacting electrons in solids and nanostructures.
His recent work has emphasized the development and use of new numerical methods for the many-electron problem and the application of these methods to elucidate the behavior of high temperature superconductors, oxide superlattices, and materials under non-equilibrium conditions. He is the author of more than 250 papers and has served on numerous advisory boards, including that of the Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics. He is currently a trustee of the Aspen Center for Physics, a foreign associate of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research and a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Two of his recent postdoctoral fellows have received IUPAP Young Scientist awards.