Graduate Alumni



Class of 2012


Scott Aefsky

Advisor: Craig Blocker
Ph.D. thesis title: Search for a High Mass Electron-Muon Resonance I the ATLAS Detector at the LHC
Present Position: Tri Alpha Energy, Rancho Santa Margarita, CA

Dapeng Bi
Advisor: Bulbul Chakraborty
Ph.D. thesis title: Origin of Rigidity in Marginal Solids
Present Position: Postdoctoral Fellow, Syracuse University

Oren Elrad
Advisor: Michael Hagan
Ph.D. thesis title: Coarse-grained Simulations of Viral Assembly
Present Position: Apple Computer

Serdar Gozpinar
Advisor: Craig Blocker
Ph.D. thesis title: Search for Excited Muons with the ATLAS Experiment with 2 fb^-1 of LHC Collision Data at √(s) = 7 TeV
Present Position:

Jian Lv
Advisor: Paul Miller
Ph.D thesis title: Analysis and Simulations of the Dynamics of Neural Activities in Gustatory Cortex During Taste Processing
Present Position: Pursuing a masters degree at Cornell University

Daniel Pomeroy
Advisor: Craig Blocker
Ph.D. thesis title: A Search for Lepton Flavor Violation in the eµ Continuum with the ATLAS Detector at the LHC
Present Position: Fellowship, National Academy of Science, working on their Nuclear and Radiation
Studies Board.

Tim Sanchez
Advisor: Zvonimir Dogic
Ph.D. thesis title: Self-organization in Active Cytoskeletal Mixtures: Cilia-like Beating of Microtubule Bundles and Spontaneous Bulk Mixing
Present Position: Postdoctoral Fellow, Brandeis University

Andrew Ward
Advisor: Zvonimir Dogic
Ph.D. thesis title: Friction and Adhesion in Biological Polymer Bundles
Present Position: Postdoctoral Fellow, Brandeis University


Class of 2011

Edward Barry
Advisor: Zvonimir Dogic
Ph.D. thesis title: Self-Assembly of Colloidal Membranes and the Influence of  Chirality
Present Position: Postdoctoral Fellow, Univ Chicago/Argonne National Lab, Heinrich Jaeger lab

Mitch Mailman
Advisor: Bulbul Chakraborty
Ph.D. thesis title: Jammed Packings of Soft Grains in 2D: Mechanical and Statistical Mechanical Properties
Present Position: Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Maryland

Doug Gobeille
Advisor: John Wardle/David Roberts
Ph.D. thesis title: A Systematic Meta Survey of High Redshift Quasars Probing their Environment and Evolution
Current Position: Faculty, University of Southern Florida

Dimitar Pachov
Advisor: Dorothee Kern
Ph.D. thesis title: Conformational Transition Pathways in Signaling and Enzyme Catalysis Explored by Computational Methods
Current Position:  Postdoctoral Fellow, Brandeis University

Yasheng Yang

Advisor: Michael Hagan
Ph.D. thesis title: Geometric and Dynamic Frustration in Self-organizing systems
Current Position: Data Specialist, Two Sigma Investments, Houston, TX


Class of 2010

Michael Bell
Advisor: John Wardle/David Roberts
Ph.D. thesis title: Two-Frequency, Multi-epoch VLA Observations of SS 433
Current Position: Postdoctoral Researcher, Max Planck Institute, Germany

David Clark
Advisor: Craig Blocker
Ph.D. thesis title: Measurement of  B0 and B+ Lifetimes Using Semileptonic Decays at C.D.F.
Current Position:  TBD

Ya Liu
Advisor: Bulbul Chakraborty
Ph.D. thesis title: Statics and Dynamics of Polymers in Confined Spaces
Current Position: Postdoctoral Fellow, Lehigh University, PA

Daniel Reeves
Advisor: Jane' Kondev
Ph.D. thesis title: Diffusion Limited Reactions in Poorly Mixed Environments
Current Position: Postdoctoral Fellow, MIT, Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences

Seila Selimovic
Advisor: Seth Fraden
Ph.D. thesis title: Microfluidics for Protein Crystallization and Mapping Phase Diagrams of Aqueous Solutions
Current Position: Postdoctoral Fellow, Brigham and Women's Hospital/Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology

Class of 2009

Avijit Bakshi
Advisor: Paul DiZio/James Lackner
Ph.D. thesis title: A Bio-mechanical and Statistical Mechanics Analysis of Human Standing Posture
Current Position: Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Psychology, Brandeis University, Waltham, MA

Fei (Phil) Huang

Advisor: Seth Fraden
Ph.D. thesis title: Interactions and Collective Behavior of Attractive Colloidal Rods and Microspheres Grafted with Filamentous Bacteriophage
Current Position: Research Associate, State Street Investors, Cambridge, MA

Hyun-Jae Pi

Advisor: John Lisman
Ph.D. thesis title: Different Phosphorylation States of CaMKII α Differentially Regulate Structural and Functional Plasticity
Current Position: Researcher


Class of 2008

Silke Henkes
Advisor: Bulbul Chakraborty
Ph.D. thesis title: A Statistical Framework for Static Granular Matter
Current Position: Research Associate, Syracuse University

Josh Kalb
Advisor: Bulbul Chakraborty
Ph.D. thesis title: Single Polymer Systems Under Geometric Confinement
Current Position:  Develops and tests casino games using probabilistic models and simulations; King Show Games, MN

Ercan Kamber

Advisor: Jane' Kondev
Ph.D. thesis title: Statistical Physics of Crowding and Confinement
Current Position: CTO, HPC Engineering at RAID Inc., MA

Joshua Martin
Advisor: Jane' Kondev
Ph.D. thesis title: Polymer Models of Chromatin
Current Position: Postdoctoral Fellow,  University of North Carolina


Class of 2007

Tobias Sander
Advisor: Albion Lawrence
Ph.D. thesis title:  Torsion and Soft SUSY Breaking
Current Position: Financial Consultant, d-fine GmbH, Germany

Jung-uk Shim

Advisor: Seth Fraden
Ph.D. thesis title: Novel Approach to Protein Crystallization; Control of the Phase Behavior of Aqueous Solutions Using Microfluidics
Current Position: Research Fellow, Cambridge University, Cambridge, UK