Principal Investigator

Bulbul Chakraborty
Bulbul Chakraborty
Principal Investigator
Enid and Nate Ancell Professor of Physics
781-736-2843 Abelson 345/346

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.

Current Members

Albert Countryman
Undergraduate Physics Major
Michael D'Eon
Graduate Student
Kanaya Malakar
Graduate Student


  • Dapeng "Max" Bi (2012), "Origin of Rigidity in Marginal Solids." Present position: Physics Fellow, Rockefeller University's Center for Physics and Biology.
  • Dibyendu Das
  • Michal Dichter
  • Edwin Faican
  • Allison Ferguson (2006) "Dynamical Heterogeneities and Signatures Of Jamming in Dense Granular Flow." Present position: Research Scientist, Bristol Aerospace, Winnipeg, Canada
  • Ben Fisher
  • Daniel Goldstein (2018)
  • Lei Gu (1999), "Studies of Static and Dynamic Properties of a Compressible Ising Antiferromagnet on a Triangular Lattice."
  • Prabu Gugagantha
  • Silke Henkes (2008), "A statistical mechanics framework for static granular matter." Present position: Lecturer, Institute for Complex Systems and Mathematical Biology, University of Aberdeen, Scotland.
  • Michael Ignatiev (1998), "Ergodicity Breaking and High-Frequency Response in a Simple Free-Energy Landscape."
  • Zahera Jabeen
  • Abhijeet Joshi
  • Josh Kalb (2007), "Single Polymer Systems Under Geometric Confinement." Present position: Mathematician, Kingshow Games.
  • Siqi Liu
  • Ya Liu (2010), "Statics and Dynamics of Polymers in Confined Spaces." Present position: Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Mitch Mailman (2011), "Jammed Packings of Soft Grains in 2D: Mechanical and Statistical Mechanical Properties." Present position: Scientist, Frontier Technology, Boston.
  • Carl Merrigan (2020)
  • Jishnu Nampoothiri (2022)
  • David Olmsted (1999), "Elastic Effects in Binary Alloy Ordering."
  • Michael Pollard
  • Kabir Ramola
  • Rajesh Ravindran
  • Rafi Rubenstein
  • Sumantra Sarkar (2016), "Origin of Rigidity in Athermal Materials." Present position: Postdoctoral Fellow, MIT, Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • Jeremy Schmit
  • Stefan Stanojevi
  • Sumedha Sumedha
  • Jetin Thomas (2019)
  • Alex Williamson
  • Zhigang Xi (1994), "Effective Medium Theory description of Ordering in Alloys."
  • Yasheng Yang
  • Hui Yin (2001), "The Study of a Frustrated Spin Model-Compressible Ising Anti-ferromagnet on a Triangular Lattice." Present position: Mentor Graphics, San Jose, California.