Zvonimir Dogic


Associate Professor of Physics
Ph.D., Brandeis University, 2001

The research interests of Zvonimir Dogic and his group lie in elucidating rules that govern self-assembly of materials, with a particular emphasis being placed on the role the particle's shape and chirality play in these assembly processes.  We strive to create very simple model systems in which precise control is possible over all the relevant parameters.  This enables a rigorous and detailed comparison with theoretical predictions.  The particles we use have very simple hard core repulsive interactions.  Despite the apparent simplicity of these building blocks, we have demonstrated that through a careful choice of particle shape and chirality it is possible to assemble at least half a dozen unique structures.  By necessity our research is highly interdisciplinary.  To accomplish our goals, in addition to a host of experimental techniques, we also utilize theoretical statistical mechanics, computer simulations, biochemistry, various protein purification techniques and molecular cloning.

CV and list of publications

Recent Ph.D. Students

Mark Zakhary (2014)
Present position: Postdoctoral Fellow, Brandeis University

Sevim Yardimci (2014), "Networks formed by Rigid Filaments of Tunable Shape" 

Timothy Sanchez (2012),  "Self-organization in Active Cytoskeletal Mixtures:  Cilia-like Beating of Microtubule Bundles and Spontaneous Bulk Mixing." 
Present Position: Postdoctoral Fellow, Harvard University.

Andrew Ward (2012), "Friction and Adhesion in Biological Polymer Bundles." 
Present Position: Postdoctoral Fellow, Wyss Institute.

Edward Barry (2011), "Self-Assembly of Colloidal Membranes and the Influence of  Chirality."
Present Position: Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Chicago/Argonne National Lab (Heinrich Jaeger lab).

Sample of Recent Publications


"Tunable dynamics of microtubule-based active isotropic gels," Gil Henkin, Stephen J. DeCamp, Daniel T. N. Chen, Tim Sanchez and Zvonimir Dogic, to appear in Philosphical Transactions of the Royal Society Ahttp://arxiv.org/pdf/1409.7663.pdf

"Measuring cohesion between macromolecular filaments, one pair at a time: Depletion-induced microtubule binding," Feodor Hilitski, Andrew R. Ward, Luis Cajamarca, Michael F. Hagan, Gregory M. Grason and Zvonimir Dogic, http://arxiv.org/abs/1408.5068

"Hierarchical organization of chiral rafts in colloidal membranes," Prerna Sharma, Andrew Ward, T. Gibaud, Michael F. Hagan and Zvonimir Dogic, Nature 514, 77-80 (2014). [PDF]

"Topology and dynamics of active nematic vesicles," Felix C. Keber, Etienne Loiseau, Tim Sanchez, Stephen J. DeCamp, Luca Giomi, Mark J. Bowick, M. Cristina Marchetti, Zvonimir Dogic and Andreas R. Bausch, Science 345, 1135-1139 (2014). [PDF]

"Imprintable membranes from incomplete chiral coalescence," Mark J. Zakhary, Thomas Gibaud, C. Nadir Kaplan, Edward Barry, Rudolf Oldenbourg, Robert B. Meyer and Zvonimir Dogic, Nature Communications 5, 3063 (2014). [PDF]

"Hypercomplex Liquid Crystals," Zvonimir Dogic, Prerna Sharma and Mark J. Zakhary, Annual Review of Condensed Matter Physiscs  5, 137–57 (2014). [PDF]


"Engineering Oscillating Microtubule Bundles," Tim Sanchez and Zvonimir Dogic, Methods in Enzymology 524, 205-226 (2013). [PDF]

"Geometrical edgeactants control interfacial bending rigidity of colloidal membranes," Mark J. Zakhary, Prerna Sharma, AndrewWard, Sevim Yardimici and Zvonimir Dogic, Soft Matter 9, 8306-8313 (2013). [PDF]


"Spontaneous motion in hierarchically assembled active matter," Tim Sanchez, Daniel T. N. Chen, Stephen J. DeCamp, Michael Heymann and Zvonimir Dogic, Nature 491, 431-434 (2012). [PDF] [Supp]
See commentary by Marchetti [PDF]

"Reconfigurable Self-Assembly through chiral control of interfacial tension",
T. Gibaud, E. Barry, M. Zakhary, M. Henglin, A. Ward, Y. Yang, C. Berciu, R. Oldenbourg, D. Nicastro, R. Meyer and Z. Dogic, Nature 481, 348-351(2012). [PDF] 
See commentary by Schaller and Bausch [PDF].

"Self-assembly of 2D membranes from mixtures of hard rods and depleting polymers", Y. Yang, E. Barry. Z. Dogic and M. F. Hagan, Soft Matter 8, 707-714 (2012). [PDF]


"Cilia-Like Beating of Active Microtubule Bundles",  T. Sanchez, D. Welch, D. Nicastro and Z. Dogic, Science 333, 456-459 (2011). [PDF] [Supp.]


"Entropy Driven Self-Assembly of Non-Amphiphilic Colloidal Membranes",E. Barry and Z. Dogic, PNAS 107, 10348–10353 (2010). [PDF] [Supp.]
2010 Cozzereli Prize from National Academy of Sciences - Web Link

"Adenomatus polyposis coli protein nucleates actin assembly and synergizes with formin mDia1," K. Okada, F. Bartolini, A. M. Deaconescu, J. B. Moseley, Z. Dogic, N. Grigorieff, G. G. Gundersen and B. L. Goode J. Biol. Chem. 189, 1087-1096 (2010). [PDF] [Supp.]

"Circularization, photo-mechanical switching and a supercoiling transition of actin filaments," T. Sanchez, I. Kulic and Z. Dogic, Phys. Rev. Lett.  104, 098103 (2010). [PDF]


"An active biopolymer network controlled by molecular motors," G. H. Koenderink GH, Z. Dogic Z, F. Nakamura F, P. M. Bendix, F. C. MacKintosh, J. H. Hartwig, T. P. Stossel and D. A. Weitz, PNAS 106,  15192-15197 (2009). [PDF] [Supp.]

"Condensation of isolated semi-flexible filaments driven by depletion interactions,"
A. W. C. Lau, A. Prasad and Z. Dogic EPL 87,  48006 (2009). [PDF]

"A model liquid crystalline system based on rodlike viruses with variable chirality and persistence length," E. Barry E, D. Beller and Z. Dogic Soft Matter 5,  2563-2570 (2009). [PDF] [Supp.]

"Pair Potential of Charged Colloidal Stars," F. Huang, K. Addas, A. Ward A, T. N. Flynn, E. Velasco, M. F. Hagan, Z. Dogic and S. Fraden Phys. Rev. Lett. 102,  108302 (2009). [PDF]

"Direct Measurement of the Twist Penetration Length in a Single Smectic A Layer of Colloidal Virus Particles," E. Barry, Z. Dogic , R. B. Meyer, R. A. Pelcovits and R. Oldenbourg J. of Phys. Chem. B 113,  3910-3913 (2009). [PDF]