Associate 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
Recent PhD Students
- Benjamin Hancock (2018) “Non-equilibrium Statistical Mechanics of Self-propelled Particles”
- Elias Putzig (2017) “An Exploration of the Phases and Structure Formation in Active Nematic Materials Using an Overdamped Continuum Theory”
- Blake Stacey (2015) “Multiscale Structure in Eco-Evolutionary Dynamics”
Sample of Recent Publications
“Interplay between activity and filament flexibility determines emergent properties of active nematics,” A. Joshi, E. Putzig, A. Baskaran and M. F. Hagan. Soft Matter, 15, 94-101 (2019) arXiv: 1711.05714
“Statistical Mechanics and Hydrodynamics of Self-Propelled Hard Spheres,” B. Hancock and A. Baskaran. JSTAT 033205 (2017) arXiv:1701.03450
“A classical nucleation theory description of active colloid assembly,” G. S. Redner, C. G. Wagner, A. Baskaran and M. F Hagan. Phys. Rev. Lett. 117 148002 (2016) arXiv:1603.01362
“Emergent Self organization in active materials,” M. F. Hagan and A. Baskaran. Current Opinion in Cell Biology 38, 74-80 (2016) arXiv:1602.03388
“Instabilities, defects and defect ordering in an overdamped active nematic,” E. F. Putzig, G. Redner, A. Baskaran and A. Baskaran. Soft Matter, 12, 3854-3859 (2016) arXiv:1506.03501
“Orientational order of motile defects in active nematics,” S. J. DeCamp, G. S. Redner, A. Baskaran, M. F. Hagan and Z. Dogic. Nature Materials, 14, 1110-1115 (2015) arXiv:1501.06228
“Dynamics of Self-propelled particles under strong confinement,” Y. Fily, A. Baskaran and M. F. Hagan. Soft Matter, 10, 5609-5617 (2014), arXiv:1402.5583
“Structure and dynamics of a phase-separating active colloidal fluid,” G. S. Redner, M. F. Hagan and A. Baskaran. Phys. Rev. Lett 110, 055701 (2013) arXiv:1207.1737.