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Rob Phillips

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Fred and Nancy Morris Professor of Biophysics and Biology

Option Representative for Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics

B.S., University of Minnesota, 1986 (obtained by independent study)
Ph.D., Washington University, 1989
Clark Millikan Visiting Assistant Professor, Caltech, 1997
Professor, 2000-.

Division: Engineering and Applied Science
Mechanical Engineering Personal Page
Applied Physics Personal Page

Talks and Essays

  • An interview for The People Behind the Science in September 2014 [ online audio ]
  • "A Vision for Quantitative Biology" given at the iBioMagazine in August 2010 [online video]
  • "How Cells Decide What to Eat" given in the Winter Lecture Series at the Aspen Center for Physics, 8 January 2008 [online video]
  • After dinner talk given at the National University of Singapore in March 2007. [online full text]
  • Talk given at the Delbruck Centennial, 8 January 2007 [online video]


  • Physical Biology of the Cell (with Jane Kondev and Julie Theriot), Garland Science, November 2008. [book website and corrections].
  • Crystals, Defects and Microstructures Cambridge University Press, 2001. [publisher website]

    Contact Information

    Phone: (626) 395-3374
    Office: 159 Broad
    Email: phillips@pboc.caltech.edu

    California Institute of Technology
    MC 128-95
    1200 California Boulevard
    Pasadena, CA 91125