Hailing from the USA, Miles has been interested in ecology since he was a kid. Here at the Keymer Lab, he is directing this passion towards understanding the dynamics of cell populations in synthetic ecosystems. Using theoretical and experimental tools from ecology and cell biophysics, Miles hopes to understand how individual interactions between cells and their micro-environment lead to the collective behavior of the population translating into larger scale patterns between spatially coupled populations (metapopulation). If not in the lab learning science hacks or receiving crash courses at the whiteboard on other realms of nature (Quantum mechanics for Dummies, etc.) Miles is out exploring the unique natural and cultural experiences Chile has in store.