The Brandeis MRSEC is composed of faculty, staff, postdoctoral fellows, graduate students and undergraduate students.
MRSEC Primary Participants
Areas of Expertise: Nonequilibrium statistical mechanics, biophysics. Also see Baskaran Group.
Area of Expertise: Cellular Organization and Behavior in the Archaea domain of life.
Areas of expertise: Regulation of Protein Phosphatases and the Evolution of Cellular Signaling
Areas of Expertise: Condensed matter theory, especially systems far from equilibrium; glassy dynamics in supercooled liquids; granular media and the jamming of granular flows; modeling the dynamical instability in microtubules.
Areas of Expertise: Complex fluids and biological physics; understanding and controlling the self-assembly of matter on a colloidal length scale; assembly, phase transitions and dynamics of colloidal systems under nonequilibrium conditions.
Areas of Expertise: Complex fluids, soft condensed matter, biological physics, active matter, physics of multicellular tissues.
Areas of expertise: scientific computing, fluid dynamics, and mathematical biology
Areas of Expertise: 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-throughout crystallization devices.
Areas of Expertise: Cell biology and biochemistry of the cytoskeleton.
Areas of Expertise: Soft matter theory; self-assembly in soft matter and polymers; filamentous matter; geometrically-frustrated assembly; hierarchical block copolymer ordering.
Areas of Expertise: Application of statistical mechanics, modern computational techniques, and theory to problems in biology and condensed matter physics; assembly of viral capsids and other large protein complexes; pattern formation in collections of internally driven particles; effects of molecular chirality on large-scale structure.
Areas of Expertise: Organic synthesis of dynamic molecules and polymers for creating interactive material systems. Solid-state application of soft materials for energy conversion, storage, and optoelectronics. Functionalization of 2D materials (graphene, transition metal dichalcogenides, etc.) using organic and inorganic synthetic methods.
Areas of Expertise: Mechanics of stimuli-responsive and active soft materials; self-assembly of nanoscale structures in multi-component materials.
Areas of expertise: Computer science, FinTech, machine learning, image processing, bioinformatics, biomedical informatics, intelligent education.
Areas of Expertise: 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.
Areas of Expertise: Condensed matter theory and quantitative biology; application of condensed matter physics models to problems in molecular and cell biology such as regulation of gene expression and chromosome structure.
Areas of Expertise: Physics of soft matter, molecular and cellular biomechanics, and nonlinear dynamics.
Areas of Expertise: Neuronal membrane traffic and synapse morphology; dissection of multi-protein machines that drive lipid deformation at intracellular compartments; endosomal membrane traffic in neurons.
Areas of Expertise: 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.
Areas of Expertise: Materials chemistry; biomaterials; polymer chemistry and surface chemistry; synthesis and fabrication of functional molecular nanomaterials; new molecular materials and nanomaterials for exploration in biomedicine (e.g., molecular drug delivery, cancer therapy, biomedical diagnostics and biomimetics) and other fundamental problems in nanoscience and biological science.
Areas of Expertise: Tissue mechanics, biological physics
MRSEC Primary International Participants
Areas of Expertise: Biomolecular nanotechnology.
Areas of Expertise: Cellular biophysics; identification and physical characterization of new biomimetic materials.
Area of Expertise: Soft condensed matter physics.
Areas of Expertise: Nonequilibrium, soft-matter and biological physics.
Areas of Expertise: Biophysics; active matter; biomaterials; microtubules; microtubule-associated proteins and enzymes; motor proteins; enzymes; binding kinetics; single molecule imaging; total internal reflection fluorescence microscopy.
Areas of Expertise: Soft condensed matter theory.