MRSEC Primary Participants

Name Contact Area of Expertise
aparna Aparna Baskaran
Abelson 306
(781) 736-2866
Nonequilibrium statistical mechanics, biophysics. Also see Baskaran Group.

Kenneth Breuer
Brown University
(401) 863-2870

Fluid mechanics, covering a wide range of topics including the physics of micron and nanoscale flows, the mechanics of animal locomotion, specifically, mammalian flight, and bacterial motility, the behavior and control of turbulent shear flows and renewable energy technologies.
bulbul Bulbul Chakraborty
Abelson 345/346
(781) 736-2843
Condensed matter theory, especially systems far from equilibrium; glassy dynamics in supercooled liquids; granular media and the jamming of granular flows; modelling the dynamical instability in microtubules. Also see Chakraborty Group.
Dinsmore Anthony Dinsmore
UMass Amherst
(413) 545-3786
Soft Condensed Matter and Nanoscale Self-Assembly (experimental)
zvonimir dogic Zvonimir Dogic
Abelson 222
(781) 736-2167
Research Associate Professor
Complex fluids and biological physics; understanding and controling the self-assembly of matter on a colloidal length scale; assembly, phase transitions and dynamics of colloidal systems under nonequilibrium conditions.
Todd Emrick Todd Emrick
UMass Amherst
(413) 577-1613
Soft materials chemistry and synthesis, interfacial interactions of nanoscale and polymer materials in liquids and gels, responsive surfaces and interfaces.
Irving Epstein Irving R. Epstein
(781) 736-2503
Oscillatory chemical reactions, spatial pattern formation, dynamical systems and neurobiology.
seth fraden Seth Fraden
Abelson 214
(781) 736-2888
Complex fluids: interparticle interactions and phase transitions in colloidal suspensions; entropy driven disorder-to-order transitions; physics of protein crystallization and the development of microfluidic-based, high-throughput crystallization devices
Jeff Gelles Jeff Gelles
Kosow-Wolfson 208
(781) 736-2377
Macromolecular motion, motor enzymes, visualization of nanometer-scale movements and individual chemical reactions in single enzyme molecules.
Bruce Goode Bruce Goode
Rosenstiel 532
(781) 736-2451
Cell mobility, endocytosis, vesicle and organelle transport, and cytokinesis. Study of actin cytoskeleton regulation and functional cooperation of cytoskeletal elements.
Greg Grason Greg Grason
UMass Amherst
(413) 577-1611
Soft matter theory; self-assembly in soft matter and polymers; filamentous matter; geometrically-frustrated assembly; hierarchical block copolymer ordering
hagan Michael Hagan
Abelson 350
(781) 736-2845
Quantitative biology and Hagan Group. Assembly and dynamic pattern formation in biological and biomimetic systems; computational and theoretical methods; viral capsids and other large protein complexes; rational design of novel materials with biomimetic function.
Ryan Hayward Ryan Hayward
UMass Amherst
(413) 577-1317
Mechanics of stimuli-responsive and active soft materials; self-assembly of nano-scale structures in multi-component materials
ivanovic Tijana Ivanovic
Rosenstiel 450
Fundamental molecular mechanisms of virus translocation across biological membranes: enveloped virus membrane fusion and non-enveloped virus membrane penetration. Single-virion real-time imaging of viral processes, molecular virology, computer simulations.
Jané kondev Jané Kondev
Abelson 301
(781) 736-2812
Condensed matter theory; biological physics; mechanical properties of polymers; regulation of gene expression and DNA packing in viruses; effect of confinement and constraints on the equilibrium structure and dynamics of fluctuating lines and surfaces.
Pelcovits Robert Pelcovits
Brown University
(401) 863-1432
Theoretical liquid crystal physics, including large-scale simulations on parallel machines and scientific visual animations.
Powers Thomas Powers
Brown University
(401) 863-2868

Physics of soft matter, molecular and cellular biomechanics, and nonlinear dynamics.
rodal Avital Rodal
Rosenstiel 528
(781) 736-2459
Neuronal membrane traffic and synapse morphology. Dissection of multi-protein machines that drive lipid deformation at intracellular compartments.

Ben Rogers
Abelson 221
(781) 736-2857

Complex fluids and biological physics; programmable self-assembly of soft materials; colloidal interactions and phase transitions; DNA nanotechnology; self-organization of active matter; optical trapping and single-molecule science.
Jennifer Ross Jennifer Ross
UMass Amherst
(413) 545-2399
Biophysics; active matter; biomaterials; microtubules; microtubule-associated proteins and enzymes; motor proteins; enzymes; binding kinetics; single molecule imaging; total internal reflection fluorescence microscopy
Christian Santangelo Christian Santangelo
UMass Amherst
(413) 545-2099
Bing Xu

Bing Xu
Edison-Lecks EL320
(781) 736-5201

Materials Chemistry; biomaterials; polymer chemistry and surface chemistry; synthesis and fabrication of functional molecular nanomaterials. Research group

MRSEC Primary International Participants

Name Contact Area of Expertise
Dietz Hendrik Dietz
TU Munich
+49 (89) 289-11615
Biomolecular nanotechnology
Rama Sriram Ramaswamy
Tata Inst. Fund. Research, India
+91 (40) 2419-5003
Nonequilibrium, soft-matter and biological physics

Secondary Participants

Name Contact Area of Expertise
Bausch Andreas Bausch
TU Munich
+49 (89) 289-12480
Cellular biophysics; identification and physical characterization of new biomimetic materials.
Blair Daniel Blair
Georgetown University
(202) 687-5985
Soft condensed matter physics
Demetris Geddis Demetris Geddis
Hampton University
Assistant Dean and Department Chair of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Integrated Photonics, Micro/Nano Technology
Mohamed Gharbi Mohamed Gharbi
UMass Boston
Assistant Professor of Physics
Research focuses on the design of devices based on the directed assembly of functional nanomaterials and biomaterials within complex fluids; developing new procedures for making hybrid materials with tunable functionalities; discover new mechanisms to create self-assembled structures that can be used in technological applications.
robert b. meyer Robert B. Meyer
Abelson 216
(781) 736-2870
Liquid crystals and complex fluids; patterns formed in two-dimensional systems; liquid crystal gels; basic science of these systems and possible practical applications.
Oldenbourg Rudolf Oldenbourg
Marine Biology Lab (Woods hole)
(508) 289-7426
The study of architectural dynamics in living cells. Development of  a new microsope for the analysis of molecular order directly in living cells with unprecedented sensitivity, resolution and speed.
Perlman Daniel Perlman
Senior Research Scientist and Inventor  Abelson 215
(781) 736-2428
Dan Perlman has authored or co-authored over 100 published patents and pending patents since arriving at Brandeis. Evolving from the role of NIH-sponsored basic research scientist, Dan as a University Senior Scientist, moved into applied research.  
Kun-Ta Wu Kun-Ta Wu
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
(508) 831-6057
Self-assembly of DNA and DNA-coated colloids. Self-organization of active matter especially kinesin-driven microtubules. For more details, please see Wu Group.