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Syracuse University, College of Arts and Sciences

Antun Skanata

Antun Skanata portrait

Research Assistant Professor


235 Physics Building

Research Interests

biophysics, evolutionary theory, host-pathogen interactions, microbial ecology

I use physics, mathematical techniques, and computational approaches to build theoretical models of living systems. My interests include the role of memory in populations of cells and complex communities, evolutionary consequences of host-pathogen interactions, and elucidating the principles of ecological robustness, diversity and stability.

Recent Publications

Ecological memory preserves phage resistance mechanisms in bacteria, Antun Skanata and Edo Kussell, Nature Communications, accepted,

Evolutionary phase transitions in random environments, Antun Skanata and Edo Kussell, Physical Review Letters 117, 038104,

Previous Positions

  • Queens College, City University of New York, Postdoctoral Fellow, 2020-2021
  • New York University, Postdoctoral Research Associate, 2014-2020

Educational Background

  • Ph.D. in Physics, Brown University, 2014.
  • B.Sc. in Physics, University of Zagreb, 2007.