Rob Phillips, in conversation with his mother (Lee Cudlip), talks about his unconventional path to science and how his parents encouraged and supported him, despite potential misgivings. After graduating from high school, Phillips spent six years traveling, working odd jobs, reading books, and teaching himself physics. He eventually received a bachelors degree from a “university without walls” program at the University of Minnesota. Phillips is now a professor of Biophysics and Biology at the California Institute of Technology and co-director of the Physiology course at the Marine Biological Laboratory.
Rob Phillips is the Fred and Nancy Morris Professor of Biophysics and Biology at the California Institute of Technology and co-Director of the Physiology summer course at the Marine Biology Laboratory. His research focuses on elucidating the physical phenomena of a variety of biological processes/systems, such as mechanosensation and gene regulation. He combines physical modeling… Continue Reading