Graduate Alumni

Class of 2019

Gabriel Bronk
Advisor: Jané Kondev
PhD thesis title: Mathematical Modeling of Histone Modification Spreading During the Repair of DNA Double-Strand Breaks
David Harbage
Advisor: Jané Kondev
PhD thesis title: Models of protein filament length regulation
Joia Miller
Advisor: Zvonimir Dogic
PhD thesis title: Rafts in Colloidal Membranes: The Role of Rod Chirality and Length in Monolayer Phase Separation
Current position: Postdoctoral Fellow, Georgetown University
Joseph Rauch

Advisor: Jané Kondev
PhD thesis title: Interplay between ecology and evolution in microbial communities engaged in a public goods game

Jetin Thomas
Advisor: Bulbul Chakraborty
PhD thesis title: Statistical physics approach to discontinuous shear thickening (DST)

Class of 2018

Andrew Balchunas

Advisor: Zvonimir Dogic
PhD thesis title: Quantifying the Bending Modulus and Gaussian Curvature Modulus of Self-Assembled Colloidal Membranes
Current position: Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

Matthew Chamberlain

Advisor: Jeff Gelles
PhD thesis title: Non-equilibrium Regulation of DNA Transcription
Current position: Computational Systems Immunologist, Sanofi, Cambridge, MA

Daniel Goldstein

Advisor: Bulbul Chakraborty
PhD thesis title: Active Plasticity and Control of Chemical Oscillators: Stepping Stones to Soft Machines
Current Position: MathWorks, Natick, MA

Benjamin Hancock
Advisor: Aparna Baskaran
PhD thesis title:  Non-equilibrium Statistical Mechanics of Self-propelled Particles
Current Position: Senior Systems Engineer, Raytheon
Mahsa Siavashpouri

Advisor: Zvonimir Dogic
Current Position: Cambridge, MA
Current Position: Scientist, PhAST Diagnostics Corp., Cambridge, MA

Class of 2017

Cesar Agon

Advisor: Albion Lawrence
PhD thesis title: Entanglement in Quantum Field Theory and Holography
Current Position: Postdoctoral Fellow, Stony Brook University, Yang Institute for Theoretical Physics

Camille Girabawe

Advisor: Seth Fraden
PhD thesis title: Synchronization in Pairs of Chemical Oscillators
Current Position: Software Engineer/Software Analyst, Academic Merit

Feodor Hilitski

Advisor: Zvonimir Dogic
PhD thesis title: Probing Cytoskeletal Assemblies with Optical Traps
Current Position: Internal Consultant, Ab Initio

Bernard Hishamunda

Advisor: Zvonimir Dogic
PhD thesis title: Dynamics of Bulk and Confined Microtubule Active Gels
Current Position: Consultant, IBM

Elias Putzig

Advisor: Aparna Baskaran
PhD thesis title: An Exploration of the Phases and Structure Formation in Active Nematic Materials Using an Overdamped Continuum Theory
Current position: Quantitative Researcher, Fortstone Research

Walter Schwenger

Advisor: Zvonimir Dogic
PhD thesis title: Polymorphism in Bacterial Flagella Suspensions
Current Position: Scientist, Deviceology, Sanofi-Genzyme

Class of 2016

Glenn Amundsen

Advisor: Craig Blocker
PhD thesis title: Search for Excited Muons Decaying via a Contact Interaction in Proton-Proton Collisions at sqrt(s) = 8 TeV with the ATLAS Detector
Current Position: Data Scientist, Royal Mail

Louis Bianchini

Advisor: Craig Blocker
PhD thesis title: A Search for a Left-Right Symmetric Model with the ATLAS Detector
Current Position: Sr. Software Engineer, Autodesk

Stephen DeCamp

Advisor: Zvonimir Dogic
PhD thesis title: Dynamics of Active Nematic Liquid Crystals
Current Position: Postdoctoral Researcher, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Bernie Gabin

Advisor: John Wardle
PhD thesis title: BCI Development to Facilitate Neural Navigation Tasks

Timothy Harden

Advisor: Jané Kondev
PhD thesis title: Single Molecule Studies of Bacterial RNA Polymerase Dynamics
Current Position: Postdoctoral Fellow, Harvard Medical School

Lishibanya Mohapatra

Advisor: Jané Kondev
PhD thesis title: Biophysical Models of Length Control of Cytoskeletal Structures
Current Position: Postdoctoral Fellow, Brandeis University

Achini Opathalage

Advisor: Seth Fraden
PhD thesis title: X-ray Transparent Microfluidics For Protein Crystalization and Biomeneralization
Current Position: Postdoctoral Fellow, Sgro Lab at Boston University

Cong Qiao

Advisor: Michael Hagan
PhD thesis title: Simulations of Curved Assemblies in Soft Matter and Biological Systems
Current Position: Software Engineer, 2Sigma Financial

Gabriel Redner

Advisor: Michael Hagan
PhD thesis title: Phase transitions in Model Active Systems
Current Position: Software Engineer, Google

Sumantra Sarkar

Advisor: Bulbul Chakraborty
PhD thesis title: Origin of Rigidity in Athermal Materials
Current Position: Postdoctoral Fellow, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Alessio Venturini

Advisor: Gabriella Sciolla
PhD thesis title: Searching for Dark Matter in the Mono-jet Channel with the ATLAS Detector
Current Position: Data Scientist, lastminute.com

Class of 2015

Baris Avsaroglu

Advisor: Jané Kondev
PhD thesis title: Functional Chromosome Organization in Yeast
Current Position: Postdoctoral Fellow, Denburg Lab University of California, Berkeley

Sandeep Choubey

Advisor: Jané Kondev
PhD thesis title: Biophysical Models of Transcription in Cells
Current Position: Postdoctoral Fellow, Harvard University

Ning Li

Advisor: Seth Fraden
PhD thesis title: Nonlinear chemical Dynamics and Synchronization
Current Position: Research Scientist, GNS Healthcare, Cambridge, MA

Nathan Tompkins

Advisor: Seth Fraden
PhD thesis title: Synchornization Dynamics of Coupled Chemical Oscillators
Current Position: Visiting Assistant Professor, Wabash College, Crawfordsville, IN

Stefano Zambito

Advisor: Gabriella Sciolla
PhD thesis title: Measurement of the Higgs Boson Production and Couplings in the Four-Lepton Decay Channel with the ATLAS Detector
Current Position: Postdoctoral Fellow, Harvard University (based at CERN)