Huber is a biological physicist with a background in statistical mechanics, fluid mechanics and dynamical systems theory. He earned his B.S. degree from M.I.T., and his Ph.D. from Boston University. He has taught at the University of Arizona, the University of Massachusetts, and the University of Connecticut. He moved to UC Santa Barbara in fall 2012, where he is an Adjunct Professor of Physics and a Deputy Director at the Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics.
He has worked on a range of problems from phase transitions and turbulence, to pattern formation in soft matter, to how bacteria swim. Most recently, he has been working on the shapes of membrane-bound organelles in eukaryotic cells, and on the fluid mechanics of the swimming of spirochetes. As one of the organizers of the cross-disciplinary New England Complex Fluids workshops (www.complexfluids.org), he has promoted the application of concepts from physics and mathematics to biological and biomemetic systems. As a Deputy Director at the KITP, he is concerned with creating new ties between Physics and Biology, and with reaching out to schools and the broader community.
Current areas of research:
1. Development of new mathematical algorithms for bioinformatics; in particular, gene expression data
2. Modeling of dynamic molecular assemblies using techniques from soft-matter physics.
3. Conformation of bilayer membranes in the intracellular environment, and under various forcings and constraints.
4. Models of stochastic dynamics, synchronization, oscillations and waves in biological matter.