Congratulations to the 2018 MRSEC Undergraduate Research Cohorts.

Congratulations to the 2018 MRSEC SMURF Students:

  • Olivia Zou, a rising senior in Benjamin Roger's Lab
  • Ricki Levitus, a rising junior in Bruce Goode's Lab
  • Guoxi Zhu, a rising junior in Benjamin Roger's Lab
  • Sophie Lou, a rising senior in Bruce Goode's Lab
  • Brandon Hong, a rising senior in Bing Xu's Lab
  • Youssef Fahmy, a rising senior in Seth Fraden's Lab
  • Ruoshi Liu, a rising junior in Seth Fraden and Pengyu Hong's Labs

Congratulations to the 2018 MRSEC REU Students:

  • Larry Luster, a rising sophomore and Chemical Engineering major at Hampton University, who will work in Ben Roger's Lab.
  • Claude King, a rising senior and Chemical Engineering major at Hampton University, who will work in Bruce Goode's Lab.
  • Isaac Mukooza, a rising junior and Chemistry major at Hampton University, who will work in Bing Xu's Lab.
  • Ashanti Sallee, a rising junior and Chemistry major at Hampton University, who will work in Bing Xu's Lab.
  • Lanijah Flagg, a rising sophomore and Physics major at Hampton University, who will work in Seth Fraden's Lab.
  • Sara Hamadani, a rising sophomore and Biology major from Wellesley College, who will work in Avi Rodal's Lab.
  • Dhruv Dang, a rising sophomore and Molecular and Cellular Biology major at the University of Connecticut, who will work in Tijana Ivanovic's Lab.
  • Robert Keane, a rising junior and Physics major at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, who will work in Zvonimir Dogic's Labs.

Congratulations to the winners of the 2017 MRSEC Video competition!

Congratulations to 2017 MRSEC Undergraduate Research Cohorts!

Congratulations to the appointed 2017-2018 MRSEC Trainee Committee Members (formerly known as the MRSEC Student Committee)

Rylie Walsh (Rodal Lab) - President
Ben Hancock (Baskaran Lab) - Vice President
John Berezney (Dogic Lab)
Andrew Balchunas (Dogic Lab)
Simon Merminod (Rogers Lab)
Danny Goldstein (Chakraborty Lab)

Congratulations to the 2017 MRSEC SMURF Class

  1. Zachary Sustiel, Aparna Baskaran’s Lab
  2. Yanlin Li, Seth Fraden’s Lab
  3. Meisui Liu, Tijana Ivanovic’s Lab
  4. Ben Rosenfeld, Avi Rodal’s Lab
  5. Olivia Zou, Ben Rogers’s Lab
  6. Elishua Litle, Casey Wade’s Lab
  7. Yanan Qin, Bing Xu’s Lab

Congratulations to the 2017 MRSEC REU Class

  1. Angela Berry, a rising junior from Hampton University who participated in the 2016 REU cohort and will return to Zvonimir Dogic’s Lab
  2. David Barnes, a rising junior from Hampton University who participated in the 2016 REU cohort and will return to Casey Wade’s Lab
  3. Kamile Lukosiute, a rising sophomore from Wellesley College who will be co-mentored by Aparna Baskaran and Mike Hagan
  4. Michael Lostica, a rising junior from Solano Community College
  5. Anne Okrah, a rising sophomore from Hampton University
  6. Ciera Woodard, a rising junior from Hampton University,
  7. Kessiena Ofunrein, a rising junior from Hampton University
  8. Nicole Ramos, a rising senior from University of Puerto Rico at Humacao

Paper published by Amanda Shilton, 2016 SMURF student, with help from MRSEC Professor Avi Rodal

SciFest VI featured summer undergrad research presentations

2016 REU students last summer at Brandeis

Nature News & Comment features Brandeis MRSEC research:  The physics of life

Congratulations to Charlotte Kelley and Abebu Kassie, elected 2015-2016 Biology and Chemistry representatives of the MRSEC Student Committee!

2015-2016 MRSEC Student Committee

1. Charlotte Kelley, Rodal Lab
2. Abebu Kassie, Wade Lab
3. Joia Miller, Dogic Lab
4. Gabe Redner, Hagan Lab
5. Lishibanaya Mohapatra, Kondev Lab

MRSEC Undergrad Publication 
Congrats to 2015 Summer MRSEC Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SMURF) recipient Wendy (Ruoxi) Wang on her recent publication!

Hampton-Brandeis PREM article 

Brandeis NOW article about the Brandeis and Hampton PREM 

NSF announcement about the Brandeis and Hampton PREM partnership

Read about SciFest 2015 on BrandeisNOW

Check the Brandeis Blog feature on the MRSEC Science Policy event

The MRSEC Student Committee and Education Director organized a full-day career symposium for students engaged in summer undergraduate research

Professor Jané Kondev awarded Jeanette Lerman-Neubauer '69 Prize for Excellence in Teaching  and Mentoring

Story on the Brandeis Blog featuring MRSEC scientist Bulbul Chakraborty Lab research


Congratulations to the 2015 MRSEC REU class:
Tarik Phillips, University of Florida, Dogic Lab
Molly Srour, Saint Olaf College, Goode Lab
Chunlong Huang, Bunker Hill Community College, Dogic Lab
Ariel Morley, Bay Path University, Rodal Lab
Anna Kolstad, Princeton University, Fraden Lab
Andrea Demos, Saint Michael's College, Haber Lab
Devon Powell, the New College of Florida, Xu Lab
Rebecca Sternberg, Brandeis University, Wade Lab


Congratulations to the 2015 SMURF class:

Xiaotong Geng, Fraden Lab
Leonard Grazian, Hagan Lab
Richard Haburcak, Xu Lab
Julia Schiantarelli, Goode Lab
Ruoxi (Wendy) Wang, Haber Lab


Check out this story on the Brandeis Blog featuring MRSEC scientist Zvonimir Dogic's research!
Science Friction: Unlocking this Basic Force May Lead to Futuristic Technologies


Congratulations to the Brandeis University MRSEC! One of twelve Centers to receive the prestigious National Science Foundation funding. Read The Hunt for Dark Matter (and Other Fun Physics in 2015) at the Brandeis Science and Research Blog and read the NSF's press release Funding Cutting-Edge, Collaborative Research to learn more.


Feb 23, 2015

2015 Summer Courses
The annual one-week course is “Introduction to Microfluidics Technology” (June 22 ‐ 26), held at Brandeis University and sponsored by the National Science Foundation’s Bioinspired Soft Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (MRSEC) at Brandeis. Intended for graduate students, post docs, faculty and industrial scientists and engineers interested in utilizing microfluidic technology in their work, in both physical sciences and life sciences, and does not assume any specific prerequisites.




February 6, 2015

The Division of Science will offer five MRSEC Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships for Brandeis students doing undergraduate research, sponsored by the Brandeis Materials Research Science and Engineering Center.

MRSEC Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships will provide $5000 in stipend support to allow students to do summer research in MRSEC labs (housing support is not included).

Students who will be rising Brandeis sophomores, juniors, or seniors in Summer 2015 (classes of ’16, ’17, and ’18). No prior lab experience is required. A commitment from a Brandeis MRSEC member to serve as your mentor in Summer 2015 is required.

The Division of Science Summer Program will run from May 26 – July 31, 2015. Recipients are expected to be available to do full time laboratory research during that period, and must commit to presenting a poster at the final poster session on July 30, 2015. Five positions are available.


February 2, 2015
Anique Olivier-Mason hired as the new Director of Education, Outreach and Diversity


MRSEC Retreat, November 21, 2014
The research goal of the MRSEC is to learn how materials are incorporated in biological systems and likewise how

Talks: Avi Rodal & Zvonimir Dogic: "Membrane Based Materials"
Talks: Fiodar Hilitski, Adam Johnston, Ye Zhang
BREW: Denise LeBlanc, Steve DeCamp
BREW: Brainstorming Research Education Workshop. We will identify the most exciting research conducted by the MRSEC and design a hands-on activity to be presented at the Acton Discovery Museum that is suitable for 4 - 8 year old children and their parents.


Friday September 19, 2014 at 9:30 am

Carl J. Shapiro Theater, Shapiro Campus Center

60th New England Complex Fluids Workshop

Complex Fluids Workshop

Invited Speakers: Eric Brown (Yale), Jorn Dunkel (MIT), Alexandra Zidovska (NYU);Erkan Tuzel (WPI)

Intended for Soft Matter academic and industrial scientists in New England to share research results, network and promote collaborations.


Professor Fraden and Professor Epstein spoke in March on Radio Boston about Alan Turing's Morphogenesis Theory. They confirmed that Turing's mathematical model of cell differentiation works. Read more at  morphogenesis.


Professor Schmidt-Rohr joined the Chemistry department, 2013. He is a highly regarded spectroscopist, with a background in both physics and chemistry. Read more at


US-India Advanced Studies Institute on Thermalization: From Glasses to Black Holes put together intensive series of pedagogical lectures. Read more at


Friday, November 22, 2013


The research goal of the MRSEC is to learn how materials are incorporated in biological systems and likewise how biological structures act as materials with highly desirable properties that can be exploited in engineering.

MRSEC Retreat Schedule

Welcome from Dean Birren and Seth Fraden; Jane Kondev, "Materials science that we can learn from yeast"

Pizza Lunch, Shapiro Science Center Lobby

MRSEC talks: Steve DeCamp, Gabe Redner, Charlotte Kelley

Poster set-up, Shapiro Science Center Lobby

Poster Session, Shapiro Science Center Lobby, Beer Hour


Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Microfluidics Mini-Symposium 
Harvard University Geological Lecture Hall

“Paper-Based Microfluidics”
Dr. Ramses Martinez, Harvard University
“Microfabrication and Microfluidics Technologies for Tissue Engineering”
Dr. Mehmet Dokmeci, Harvard Medical School
“Droplet Microfluidics Technology Enabling Single-Molecule Interrogation for Cancer Research”
Dr. Brian Hutchinson, RainDance Technologies
“Less is Better than More in Microfluidics”
Professor Seth Fraden, Brandeis University


Professor Dogic's Lab won the Andor Insight Award for their video of Oscillating Microtubule Bundles. See the Brandeis Science Blog page for their winning video, the competition homepage and the Dogic Lab YouTube page.


Asst. Professor Thomas was the recipient of the 2013 Brandeis Strage Award in March. Thomas’ group attended the AAAS Family Science Days in February 2013 and presented some activities related to acid/base chemistry and thin films. Her undergraduate John Shen '13 who was working on a MRSEC-funded project completed a senior honors thesis on the project, and was awarded high honors in the chemistry department for his work. 


Professor Haber attended and spoke at several meetings in 2012: Keystone Replication and Recombination (March 2013); BMC Epigenetics conference (Boston, March 2013); FASEB Summer Conference on Yeast Chromosomes (July 2012); EMBO Workshop on Recombination (May 2012); Gordon Research Conference on Chromatin (May 2012).

Haber organized the Brandeis Café Science that presents Brandeis scientists including MRSEC scientists to the community, a monthly meeting. He also spoke to parents of Brandeis students at Fall Fest 2012.

Baris Avsaroglu, Professor Haber’s Lab, attended the ASCB 2012 annual meeting. Abstract here.


Active Matter Workshop held on Wednesday, February 20, 2013 and hosted by Professor A. Samadani


Ye Zhang, postdoctoral fellow from Professor Bing Xu's research group at Brandeis won Materials Research Society Poster Award on November 29, 2012 


Collaboration between Brandeis MRSEC and Robot Research Initiative (RRI), August 10, 2012collab
See article here 


2008: The Brandeis Materials Research Laboratory was established by the award of a highly competitive $7.8 million grant from the National Science Foundation to the University. Learn more.


Upcoming Seminar(s)
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July 13, 2011
All day workshop took place July 13, 2011