portrait of Albert Einstein
Einstein portrait donated to the Brandeis Physics Department

April 29, 2022

On Friday, April 29, a portrait of Albert Einstein by Ukrainian Artist Tetyana Kolechko will be hung in the Abelson hallway. This portrait was generously donated by Dr. Natalya Proskura and Vladislav Shapiro (MS '93). Their son Michael Proskura is a member of the Brandeis Class of 2024.

Stanley Deser

May 6, 2021

Brandeis Professor Emeritus of Physics, Stanley Deser, has been elected as a Foreign Member to the Royal Society. The Royal Society is a fellowship of many of the world's most eminent scientists and is the oldest scientific academy in continuous existence. Its fundamental purpose is to recognize, promote, and support excellence in science and to encourage the development and use of science for the benefit of humanity.

Deser is one of about 180 current Foreign Members in all fields of science. In addition, he is one of only four theoretical physicists elected.

Polarised view of the black hole in M87

Photo Credit: EHT Collaboration

March 24, 2021

Professor John Wardle explains the significance of a new image of a black hole's magnetic fields.


Two types of cellular proteins - kinesin and microtubules

February 18, 2021

Researchers at the Brandeis Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (MRSEC), led by Guillaume Duclos, Seth Fraden, Michael Hagan, and Aparna Baskaran, are harnessing the power of swirling cellular proteins to create self-propelling fluids.


Bulbul Chakraborty

November 24, 2020

Brandeis physicist Bulbul Chakraborty has been named a Fellow by the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the world’s largest general scientific society.

Chakraborty, the Enid and Nate Ancell Professor of Physics and head of the Division of Science, received the prestigious recognition for important theoretical contributions to diverse areas of condensed matter physics, particularly disordered systems including frustrated magnets and granular materials.

Sumantra Sarkar

Photo Credit: Los Alamos National Laboratory

October 7, 2020

Sarkar, who received his PhD working with Professor Bulbul Chakraborty, is the recipient of the 2021 Irwin Oppenheimer award from the American Physical Society. Prsently, he is a postdoctoral fellow at the Center for Nonlinear Studies, Los Alamos National Laboratory.

The award recognizes outstanding contributions to physics by early career scientists who publish in Physical Review E (PRE).  The citation that will appear on the certificate is: “For developing a theory of the emergence of self-replication in simple chemical models, and the definition of general design principles for constructing self-replicating objects.”

MRSEC illustration

MRSEC harnesses the power of organic matter to develop new materials and machines.

Brandeis MRSEC wins major new grant from the National Science Foundation

July 14, 2020

Brandeis' MRSEC program, which is developing revolutionary new types of nano-sized machines and materials, has received an $18 million, 6-year grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF).

It is the third time Brandeis has received the prestigious award. This year it was given to only 10 other universities besides Brandeis, including Columbia, Harvard and Princeton.

Human Frontier Science Program logo

April 2, 2020

Professor W. Benjamin Rogers has been awarded a 2020 Human Frontier Science Program (HFSP) collaborative Program Grant to create a self-propagating synthetic cell. The HFSP Program Grants aim to tackle big questions in the life sciences by supporting and bringing together researchers with different backgrounds from different countries. 
Prajita Bhattarai

Photo Credit: CERN

March 27, 2020

Prajita Bhattarai, a Physics graduate student, who spent last summer at CERN, has received an ATLAS PhD grant to allow her to focus on her research measuring Higgs-boson decays into four-lepton final states.

First photograph of black hole; bright orange glowing orbiting gas against black sky

Photo Credit: Event Horizon Telescope Collaboration

October 2, 2019

Professor of astrophysics John Wardle, an expert on radio astronomy, is part of the consortium that captured an image of a supermassive black hole for the first time in history.
First photograph of black hole; bright orange glowing orbiting gas against black sky

Photo Credit: Event Horizon Telescope Collaboration

April 10, 2019

Scientists have obtained the first image of a black hole, using Event Horizon Telescope observations of the center of the galaxy M87. Physicist John Wardle, who was part of the team that produced the image, explains why it's a major scientific breakthrough.

February 19, 2019

Brandeis University has received a $20,000 grant from the Association of American Universities (AAU) to complement and enhance current efforts at the university to foster student success in STEM.

Logo for "The Big Take: Big Ideas Explained in Under 5 Minutes"

January 18, 2019

Brandeis physicist Seth Fraden explains what active matter is and how it can be used to create machines and materials that behave like living organisms.

Professor Aparna Baskaran with a group of students

November 20, 2018

Associate Professor of Physics Aparna Baskaran has won a 2019 Early Career Award for Soft Matter Research from the American Physical Society(APS).

Logo for "The Big Take: Big Ideas Explained in Under 5 Minutes"

November 16, 2018

Matthew Headrick explains what a mind-blowing theory in physics, the idea that the universe is a hologram.

A Black Hole

October 12, 2018

We don't know for sure because we've never been able to take a picture of one. That may all be about to change.

July 25, 2018

The Provost's Office has announced this year's recipients of the Provost Research Awards, given to support innovations in teaching and research at Brandeis.  Physics awardees include: 

Baptiste Blanc (Physics), "Chemo-mechanical gel actuated by an oscillating chemical reaction"; An Huang (Mathematics) and Bogdan Stoica (Physics), "Physics from the primes"; Shashank Shekhar (Biochemistry, Biology, Physics), "Developing Stentor coeroelous as a new model organism to study the physical basis for evolution of multicellularity and organismal size-regulation."

Robotic eel swimming

June 8, 2018

Physicist Seth Fraden is developing a new generation of machines modeled on living creatures. His latest invention might one day treat disease by swimming its way through our blood.

Matthew Headrick

Summer 2018

Professor of Physics Matthew Headrick researches one of the most cutting-edge ideas in theoretical physics. It proposes that the universe is a three-dimensional image projected off a two-dimensional surface, much like a hologram emerges from a sheet of photographic film.

Professor Bulbul Chakraborty

April 4, 2018

Enid and Nate Ancell Professor of Physics Bulbul Chakraborty has received a prestigious fellowship in theoretical physics from the Simons Foundation in New York.

Illustration of two scientists examining organisms in a petri dish

Summer 2017

Under a $20 million Materials Research Science and Engineering Center grant, Brandeis physicists are creating “active” matter that could one day animate self-healing artificial organs, drug-delivering nanobots and self-mending clothes.