Sifan’s research interests lie in biological morphogenesis. She investigates multidisciplinary problems such as growth-induced surface patterns, morphodynamics of chemomechanical active shells, and phase separation of active solids. Prior to Harvard, Sifan received her PhD in Mechanics from Tsinghua Univ and B.S. in Engineering Mechanics from Tsinghua Univ. Her current work focuses on various aspects of biophysics including neuromechanics, inverse problem of morphogenesis, and bio-chemo-mechanical patterns of active matter.
Sifan is focusing on mathematical modeling and scientific computing to investigate the morphogenesis and pattern formation in soft matter, such as surface wrinkling, growth-induced buckling, phase separation and chemo-mechanical oscillation and waves in biological tissues.