The Brandeis Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (MRSEC) seeks to create new materials that are constructed from only a few simplified components, yet capture the remarkable functionalities found in living organisms.

First image of the supermassive black hole at the center of the galaxy M87 using the Event Horizon Telescope

This first image of the supermassive black hole at the center of the galaxy M87 is a result of the work of a consortium of scientists that includes Brandeis Professor of Astrophysics John Wardle. (Photo credit: Event Horizon Telescope Collaboration)

Students in Rogers lab

Graduate and undergraduate students alike participate in ongoing research. In this lab, students work in the areas of soft matter and biological physics.

Quantum and Gravitational Theory

The quantum and gravitational theory group focuses on string theory, supersymmetry, gravity, particle physics and cosmology. (Illustration from

ATLAS collaboration for the Large Hadron Collider at CERN

The department's high-energy experiment group is an active member of the ATLAS collaboration for the Large Hadron Collider at CERN in Geneva, Switzerland. (Photo credit: CERN)

Professor Aparna Baskaran

Professor Aparna Baskaran, who specializes in soft matter research, engages and inspires her students.

The Martin A. Fisher School of Physics enjoys an international reputation for excellence in research, and is one of the highest-ranked of its size in the country. The department offers rigorous training to aspiring physicists at both the graduate and undergraduate levels, with close personal attention to the individual needs of each student.

Brandeis University, as a leader of research in the sciences, offers the rare combination of an internationally recognized research university in a medium-sized setting. This atmosphere promotes close interactions with prestigious faculty; collaboration among faculty and students; and, given our location just outside of Boston, a plethora of opportunities in the sciences.

Undergraduate Program

Physics undergraduates are encouraged to get involved in research projects. These may involve observing distant quasars, analyzing data from the Large Hadron Collider, working in our cutting-edge, condensed-matter laboratories, or carrying out theoretical studies ranging from biological materials to quantum theory.

Graduate Programs

The master's and PhD programs at Brandeis are characterized by a low student-to-faculty ratio. Students enjoy ample opportunity for personal interaction with instructors in the classroom and laboratory and with advisers to guide their graduate research.


Matthew Headrick
Quantum Leap: The Holographic Principle

Professor of Physics Matthew Headrick researches one of the most cutting-edge ideas in theoretical physics, known as the holographic principle.

Read more about the holographic principle