Jeff Gore is an Associate Professor in the Department of Physics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He leads the Ecological Systems Biology Group, which uses laboratory microcosms to explore the ecological dynamics of interacting populations. Of particular interest are cooperatively growing populations, which can collapse suddenly in deteriorating environments and can also be susceptible to the emergence of “cheater” strategies.
He studied physics, mathematics, and economics at MIT before earning his PhD in Physics at the University of California, Berkeley as a Hertz Fellow studying single-molecule biophysics with Carlos Bustamante. He then returned to MIT as a Pappalardo Fellow, where he used ideas from game theory to explore the evolution of cooperation and cheating with Prof. Alexander van Oudenaarden. Jeff is an NIH New Innovator Awardee, Allen Distinguished Investigator, Sloan Fellow, Pew Scholar in the Biomedical Sciences, and NSF CAREER Awardee. Finally, his efforts in teaching and mentoring have been recognized by the Buechner Teaching Award and the MIT-wide undergraduate research Faculty Mentor of the Year Award.