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My research has the general theme of origins. In subatomic physics, my interest in the properties and detection of nuclear phase transitions was motivated by the passage of the universe through or near several possible phase transition regimes in the first second of its existence. In biophysics, I studied the mechanical properties of cells in an effort to understand the earliest cell designs on our planet. This latter work is included as part of the textbook Mechanics of the Cell (Cambridge) whose two editions I wrote in the last decade of my academic career.