Dr. Ming Lou

Dr. Ming Lou


General Information

  • Position: Instructor
  • E-mail: ming.lou@lamar.edu
  • Phone: 409-880-7173
  • Fax: 409-880-8245
  • Office: A 208-B


  • Ph.D. University of Cincinnati
  • B.Sc. Nanjing University

Research Interests

  • Condensed matter physics
    • "Condensed matter" are usually referred to solid and liquid. In contrast to dilute gaseous state, in the Condensed state of matter, relatively strong interaction between particles gives rise to various complex and exotic phenomena, ranging from ferromagnetism to superconductivity. My current research focuses on mesoscopic system, which means "system between macroscopic and microscopic scales", and strongly correlated systems, where all methods based on one-electron theories fail to apply.
      • Mesoscopic systems and quantum chaos: take this platform to study how the quantum property of the material is affected by the corresponding classical dynamics, like integrability and chaos.
      • Strongly correlated systems and quantum phase transition: study different spin-mediated pairing superfluidities and superconductivities: how their symmetries and other properties are related to the normal-state magnetism.
  • Biophysics
    • In collaborating with Dr. Richard Lang’s group in Cincinnati Children’s hospital, we use mathematical and physical knowledge to increase our understanding of organisms such as identifying the pathway and mechanism for morphogenesis.
      • The morphogenesis of lens pit invagination of eyes in the early stage of embryonic development: We developed new mathematical methods to average the shape of lens pit from different samples and calculating the curvature. This approach enables us to compare shapes of lens pit between various mutants and the wild type, and also to tell if a genotype produces a phenotype with great statistical confidence.

Areas of Teaching

  • Statistical Physics
  • University Physics I
  • Math Methods in Physics
  • College Physics I & II
  • Elementary Physics II

Selected Publications

T. F. Plageman, B. K. Chauhan, C Yang, F Jaudon, X Shang, Y Zheng, M Lou, A Debant, J. D. Hildebrand, R. A. Lang, “A Trio-RhoA-Shroom3 pathway is required for apical constriction and epithelial invagination”, Development 138, 23 (2011)

B.K. Chauhan, M Lou, Y Zheng, R.A. Lang, “Balanced Rac1 and RhoA activities regulate cell shape and drive invagination morphogenesis in epithelia”, PNAS 108, 45 (2011)

T. F. Plageman, M-I Chung, M Lou, A. N. Smith, J. D. Hildebrand, J. Wallingford, R. A. Lang, “Pax6-dependent Shroom3 expression regulates apical
constriction during lens placode invagination”, Development 137, 3 (2010)

B. K. Chauhan, A Disanza, SY Choi, S.C. Faber, M Lou, H.E. Beggs, G Scita, Y Zheng, R. A. Lang, “Cdc42 and IRSp53-dependent contractile filopodia tether presumptive lens and retina to coordinate epithelial invagination”, Development 136, 21 (2009).

M. X. Lou, J.M.A.S.P. Wickramasinghe, and R.A. Serota, “Mesoscopic fluctuations of off-diagonal matrix elements of the angular momentum and orbital magnetism of free electrons in a rectangular box”, Phys. Rev. B 75, 224401 (2007), featured in June 18, 2007, issue of VJNano

M. X. Lou, J.M.A.S.P. Wickramasinghe, and R.A. Serota, “Mesoscopic orbital magnetism in an integrable system”, Int. J. Mod. Phys. B 21, 4323