Teagan Bate is a physics PhD student working in the field of soft condensed matter. He studies the properties and behavior of microtubule-kinesin based active fluids under varying conditions with assistant professor Kun-Ta Wu and his colleague Edward Jarvis. His research focuses on the effect of temperature on microtubule-kinesin active fluid. He is working to incorporate DNA into microtubule-kinesin active fluid, as well as light controlled activation. In addition to his research he has mentored both undergraduate and high school students in doing their own research within his lab group, and has worked as a laboratory instructor for the physics courses. He is also an avid climber, hiker, paddler, reader, woodworker, and naturalist.