Aparna Baskaran

Aparna BaskaranAssociate Professor of Physics

Aparna Baskaran’s research interests include understanding out-of-equilibrium properties of soft materials and physics of biological systems.


PhD, University of Florida, 2006

Group website CV and list of publications (pdf)

Recent PhD Students

  • Matthew Peterson (2021) “Active Filaments In and Out of Confinement”
  • Chaitanya Joshi (2021) “Computational and Data-Driven Studies of Active Nematics”
  • Minu Varghese (2021) “Active nematics in three dimensions”
  • Caleb Wagner (2020) “Mathematics of nonequilibrium steady states in dilute active matter”

Sample of Recent Publications

“Data-driven discovery of active nematic hydrodynamics”, C. Joshi, S. Ray, L. Lemma, M. Varghese, G. Sharp, Z. Dogic, A. Baskaran, M. F. Hagan, Physical review letters 129 (25), 258001 (2022) arXiv:2202.12854 

“Dual antagonistic role of motor proteins in fluidizing active networks”, B. Najma, M. Varghese, L. Tsidilkovski, L. Lemma, A. Baskaran, G. Duclos, Nature Communications 13 (1), 6465 (2022) arXiv:2112.11364

“Steady states of active Brownian particles interacting with boundaries”, C. G. Wagner, M. F. Hagan and A. Baskaran,  J. Stat. Mech. (2022) 013208, arXiv: 2109.06353.

“Vesicle shape transformations driven by confined active filaments”, M. S. E. Peterson, A. Baskaran and M. F. Hagan, Nat Commun 12, 7247 (2021), arXiv:2102.02733.

“Confinement-Induced Self-Pumping in 3D Active Fluids”, M. Varghese, A. Baskaran, M. F. Hagan and A. Baskaran, Physical Review Letters 125 (26), 268003 (2020) arXiv:2007.09277.