Faculty

Physics Department Faculty, April 2019

Physics Department Faculty, April 2019

Aparna Baskaran
Aparna Baskaran
Associate Professor of Physics
781-736-2866 Abelson 306

Expertise: Condensed matter theory; nonequilibrium statistical mechanics; emergent phenomena such as phase transitions and pattern formation in far-from-equilibrium complex fluids including granular materials, self-propelled particles and other active materials.

James R. Bensinger
James R. Bensinger
Professor of Physics
781-736-2875 Abelson 312

Expertise: Interactions of fundamental particles at the highest possible energy. Development and operation of the Atlas Experiment on the Large Hadron Collider at CERN with the Brandeis experimental high-energy physics group.

Craig A. Blocker
Craig A. Blocker
Professor of Physics
Graduate Advising Head
781-736-2879 Abelson 323

Expertise: High-energy proton-proton collisions in the ATLAS detector at the Large Hadron Collider at CERN, properties of the Higgs boson, search for new physics beyond the Standard Model, including lepton-flavor violation, excited leptons, and left-right symmetric models.

Bulbul Chakraborty
Bulbul Chakraborty
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.

Zvonimir Dogic
Zvonimir Dogic
Associate Research Professor of Physics

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.

Guillaume Duclos
Guillaume Duclos
Assistant Professor of Physics
Abelson 222

Expertise: Complex fluids, soft condensed matter, biological physics, active matter, physics of multicellular tissues

Seth Fraden
Seth Fraden
Professor of Physics
781-736-2888 Abelson 214

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.

Michael Hagan
Michael Hagan
Professor of Physics and of Quantitative Biology
781-736-2845 Abelson 350

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.

Matthew Headrick
Matthew Headrick
Associate Professor of Physics
Undergraduate Advising Head
781-736-2858 Abelson 313

Expertise: String theory and related areas of quantum field theory, general relativity and geometry; elliptic numerical relativity; quantum information theory and its relation to holography and quantum gravity.

Jané Kondev
Jané Kondev
William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of Physics
781-736-2812 Abelson 301

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.

Albion Lawrence
Albion Lawrence
Chair
Professor of Physics
781-736-2865 Abelson 344

Expertise: Quantum field theory; string theory and their applications to particle physics, cosmology and quantum gravity; interface between theoretical physics and mathematics, especially algebraic geometry; application of quantum field theory to condensed matter physics.

Elisabeth A. C. Mills
Elisabeth A. C. Mills
Research Assistant Professor
Abelson 314

Expertise: Determining the physical, chemical, and dynamical processes responsible for extreme molecular gas conditions in this environment, which may influence the resulting star formation process.

Bjoern Penning
Bjoern Penning
Assistant Professor of Physics
781-736-2806 Abelson 326

Expertise: Experimental Dark Matter (DM) searches and DM phenomenology; DM searches with the LZ experiment and at the LHC, interdisciplinary combination of DM measurements and models. Hardware developments for the LZ detector.

W. Benjamin Rogers
W. Benjamin Rogers
Assistant Professor of Physics
781-736-2857 Abelson 221

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.

Gabriella Sciolla
Gabriella Sciolla
Professor of Physics
781-736-2841 Abelson 347

Expertise: Experimental high-energy physics group; Higgs boson properties; searches for physics beyond the Standard Model (Exotics);  Dark Matter searches at the LHC; reconstruction and calibration of the ATLAS muon system.

Marcelle Soares-Santos
Marcelle Soares-Santos
Landsman Assistant Professor of Physics
781-736-2870 Abelson 329

Expertise: Dark Energy, Cosmology and Astrophysics with the Dark Energy Survey (DES) and the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST).

John Wardle
John F.C. Wardle
Professor of Astrophysics
781-736-2889 Abelson 328

Expertise: Astrophysics group. Polarization-sensitive observations of extragalactic radio sources, using the Very Large Array and the Very Long Baseline Array of the National Radio Astronomy Observatory. Observations of X-ray–emitting jets in quasars with the Chandra Observatory.

Teaching and Adjunct Faculty

Richard N. Fell
Richard N. Fell
Senior Lecturer in Physics
781-736-2860 Abelson 311
Kevan Hashemi
Kevan Hashemi
Lecturer in Physics
781-736-2810 Abelson 028

Expertise: High Energy Physics (HEP) group. Design, manufacture, and testing of optoelectronic devices for the ATLAS detector at CERN, Switzerland. The HEP electronics shop focuses on low-power, radiation-tolerant, high-reliability circuit designs for precision metrology.

Peter Mistark
Peter Mistark
Lecturer in Physics

Emeritus Faculty

Stanley Deser
Professor Emeritus of Physics

Expertise: Quantum theory of fields, elementary particles, gravitation, supergravity, strings.

Marcus T. Grisaru
Professor Emeritus of Physics
Lawrence E. Kirsch
Professor Emeritus of Physics
781-736-2920 Abelson 027

Expertise: Experimental high-energy physics

Robert V. Lange
Professor Emeritus of Physics and Adjunct Professor in the Heller School
781-736-2856

Expertise: K-12 science and environmental education, teacher training, curriculum research

Robert B. Meyer
Professor Emeritus of Physics
781-736-2870 Abelson 216

Expertise: Liquid crystals, colloids, polymers

Alfred G. Redfield
Professor Emeritus of Physics, Biochemistry, and Rosenstiel Basic Medical Sciences Research Center
781-736-2350 Rosenstiel Basic Medical Sciences Research Center, 643
David H. Roberts
William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor Emeritus of Astrophysics
781-736-2846 Abelson 326

Expertise: Galactic and extragalactic astrophysics, radio astronomy, theoretical astrophysics

Howard J. Schnitzer
Edward & Gertrude Swartz Professor of Theoretical Physics
781-736-2882 Abelson 349

Expertise: Quantum field theory, conformal field theory and the theory of strings; testing M-theory by comparison of its predictions with known results of N=2 Seiberg-Witten supersymmetric gauge theories.

In Memoriam

Peter Heller
Professor Emeritus of Physics
Hugh N. Pendleton III
Professor Emeritus of Physics
Silvan S. Schweber
Professor Emeritus of Physics
Hermann F. Wellenstein
Professor Emeritus of Physics