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July 9 - August 3, 2012

Polymers in Soft and Biological Matter

Roster of Participants


Participant
Research Interests
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Nasrin Afzal

Virginia Tech.

Advisor: Michel Pleimling

I am interested in applications of non_equilibrium statistical mechanics in biology. My research focuses on computational modeling of various systems especially Cytoskeleton. I am a Theorist.
Nasrin Afzal
afzal [at] vt.edu

Daniel B. Allan

Johns Hopkins University

Advisor: Robert L. Leheny

I am interested in protein adsorption, rheology, fluid dynamics, image analysis, and computing with large data sets. I am an experimentalist.
Daniel B. Allan
dallan [at] pha.jhu.edu
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Dejan Arzensek

University of Ljubljana

Advisor: Rudolf Podgornik

Proteins as soft matter physics material: topics such as protein assembly, interactions forces and physical mechanisms in protein assembly processes, polymer and colloid dynamics, polymer mediated interactions. I am an experimentalist. I also do some theory on the side. I am an experimentalist.
Dejan Arzensek
dejan.arzensek [at] student.fmf.uni-lj.si

Salvatore Assenza

Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne

Advisor: Paolo De Los Rios

Coarse grained modeling of Biomacromolecules. I am a Theorist.
Salvatore Assenza
salvatore.assenza [at] epfl.ch

Amir Azadi

University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Advisor: Gregory M. Grason

Field of research: Theorist/Role of topological defects in Complex structure and optimal packings. I am a theorist.
Amir Azadi
aazadi [at] physics.umass.edu

Kaushik S. Balasubramanian

Brandeis University

Advisor: Bulbul Chakraborty

Interests : Non equilibrium properties of soft matter and biophysics (Theorist)
Kaushik Balasubramanian
ksbalu [at] brandeis.edu

Bernard Beckerman

Northwestern University

Advisor: Erik Luijten

I specialize in computational soft matter research, and am especially interested in both solid and fluid membrane mechanics. I am a theorist.
Bernard Beckerman
bernard.beckerman [at] gmail.com

Silvia Biffi

University of Milan

Advisor: Tommaso Bellini

I am interested in colloidal physics, DNA self-assembly, and Liquid Crystals. (Experimentalist)
Silvia Biffi
silvia.biffi [at] unimi.it

Matthew C. Blosser

University of Washington

Advisor: Sarah Keller

I am interested in the biophysical properties of lipid bilayers, especially miscibility phase transitions. I am an experimentalist.
Matthew Blosser
blosserm [at] uw.edu

Robijn Bruinsma, Lecturer

University of California, Los Angeles

My current work concerns the application of theoretical physics and numerical modeling to molecular biology.
Robijn Burinsma
bruinsma [at] physics.ucla.edu

Isaac R. Bruss

University of Massachusetts

Advisor: Professor Gregory Grason

I am interested in soft-matter physics pertaining to the geometry, packing, and self-assembly of nanoscale and biological systems. I am a theorist.
Isaac Bruss
ibruss [at] mail.pse.umass.edu
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Liheng Cai

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Advisor: Michael Rubinstein

I am interested in polymer physics and its application to biological systems. My research focuses on physical mechanisms of airway defense systems of mammalian lungs, physical properties of bio-gels such as mucus, and scaling theory of particle motion in complex fluids. I am an experimentalist.
Liheng Cai
cl [at] unc.edu
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Valeria Cassina

University of Milano - Bicocca

Advisor: Prof. Francesco Mantegazza

My scientific activity is devoted to the study of DNA and Abeta amyloid fibrils with single molecule techniques such as Magnetic and Optical Tweezers and Atomic Force Microscopy. I am an experimentalist.
Valeria Cassina
valeria.cassina [at] unimib.it

Paul Chaikin, Lecturer

New York University

Soft Matter, Colloids, Polymers, emulsions, self-assembly and self-replicaiton, granular stuff, packing, (Experimentalist)
Paul Chaikin
chaikin [at] nyu.edu
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Jeong-Mo Choi

Harvard University

Advisor: Eugene I. Shakhnovich

I'm now studying theoretical protein chemistry (protein folding, protein-protein interaction, etc.) and its consequences in population genetics. I am a theorist.
Jeong-Mo Choi
jeongmochoi [at] fas.harvard.edu

Mykyta V. Chubynsky

University of Ottawa

Advisor: Gary W. Slater

Research interests: Electrophoresis of polyelectrolytes, both in free solution and in polymer networks/gels; diffusion in complex media; developing and studying simulation methods (lattice Monte Carlo and accelerated molecular dynamics); rigidity of disordered elastic networks. I am a theorist.
Mykyta Chubynsky
chubynsky [at] gmail.com
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Noel A. Clark, Lecturer

University of Colorado

Experimental soft matter physics, focusing on liquid crystals and colloids. (Experimental)
Noel Clark
noel.clark [at] colorado.edu
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Maria D. Correa-Rodriguez

National Institute of Genomic Medicine Mexico

Advisor: Enrique Hernandez-Lemus

Statistical Physics of gene expression, transcriptional regulation dynamics and DNA-cationic micelle complexation. (Theorist)
Maria Correa-Rodriguez
maria.cr [at] ciencias.unam.mx

Kinjal Dasbiswas

University of Florida

Advisor: Prof. Alan T. Dorsey

I am working on the role of topological defects in novel superfluid phenomena, such as supersolid Helium. I am a condensed matter theorist and apply tools from statistical physics and elasticity theory to problems in low temperature physics.
Kinjal Dasbiswas
kidbis [at] phys.ufl.edu

Aykut Erbas

University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Advisor: Michael Rubinstein

Friction in bio-systems; Theoretical and computational modelling of charged/neutral-polymer brushes, hydrodynamic modeling of the mucociliary clearance system, all-atom MD simulations. I am a theorist.
Aykut Erbas
aerbas [at] unc.edu

Daan Frenkel, Lecturer

Cambridge University, United Kingdom

I am a theorist. Numerical simulations of soft materials.
Daan Frenkel
df246 [at] cam.ac.uk
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Ting Ge

Johns Hopkins University

Advisor: Prof. Mark O. Robbins

I perform molecular simulations to understand polymer mechanics, in particular I am interested in the role of entanglements during large deformation and fracture of glassy polymers. (Theorist)
Ting Ge
get [at] pha.jhu.edu

Todd R. Gingrich

University of California, Berkeley

Advisor: Phill Geissler

I am interested in computational techniques for studying self-assembly both in and out of equilibrium. I am a theorist.
Todd Gingrich
tgingrich [at] gmail.com
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Anton Goloborodko

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Advisor: Leonid Mirny

I am a theorist. My primary topic is the organization of chromatin in a nucleus, mostly, from the polymer point of view. My other interests are protein adsorption and populational dynamics.
Anton Goloborodko
golobor [at] mit.edu

Alexander Y. Grosberg, Lecturer & Scientific Organizer

New York University

Statistical physics of polymers and biopolymers, soft condensed matter, biological physics. (Theorist)
Alexander Grosberg
ayg1 [at] nyu.edu
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Ming Guo

Harvard University

Advisor: David A Weitz

I'm studying the material properties and dynamics inside living cells and their dependence to biopolymer components, biological activity level, as well as to the micromechanical environments. I am an experimentalist.
Ming Guo
mingguo [at] fas.harvard.edu

Yosi Hammer

Tel-Aviv University

Advisor: prof. Yacov Kantor

Polymers in restricted geometry, energy and forces. I am a theorist.

Yosi Hammer
yosham1 [at] yahoo.com

Wafa Hassouneh

Duke University

Advisor: Dr. Ashutosh Chilkoti

I am interested in understanding the self-assembly behavior of Elastin-like polypeptide diblocks. I am an experimentalist.

Wafa Hassouneh
wsh3 [at] duke.edu
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Laure Herrmann

Institut Charles Sadron (UPR22-CNRS)

Advisor: Patrick Kékicheff

I am an experimentalist and I work on lyotropic lamellar mesophases. I am particularly interested in the effect of guest components (such as polymers) on the phase behavior and elastic properties of lamellar phases into which they are incorporated.
Laure Herrmann
laure.herrmann [at] ics-cnrs.unistra.fr

Bob Hommersom

FOM Institute AMOLF

Advisor: Mirjam Leunissen

I am a researcher in the field of soft and biological matter investigating interactions originating from DNA and corresponding properties as polymer-like behaviour, materials constructed with DNA and colloids and how they behave in colloidal suspensions. I am an experimentalist.
Bob Hommersom
Hommersom [at] amolf.nl

Anne Juggernauth

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

Advisor: Brian Love

I am currently working on self assembly in polymers and colloids with an emphasis on structure - property relationships (using rheology, microscopy and small angle scattering). I'm also interested in general topics in soft matter physics (including interfaces, polymer nanocomposites, liquid crystals and biomolecules). I am primarily an experimentalist.
Anne Juggernauth
annekj [at] umich.edu

Devin Kachan

University of California, Los Angeles

Advisor: Robijn Bruinsma

I am interested in the influence of casimir forces on the phase diagram of cross-linked actin networks. (Theorist)
Devin Kachan
dkachan [at] physics.ucla.edu

Milos Knezevic

University of Cambridge

Advisor: Prof. Mark Warner

Theory of photoresponsive ferroelectric liquid crystals. I am a theorist.
Milos Knezevic
mk684 [at] cam.ac.uk

Micha Kornreich

Tel-Aviv University

Advisor: Roy Beck Barkai

Areas of physics interest: Structure and interactions of intermediate filaments. I am an experimentalist.
Micha Kornreich
michakor [at] post.tau.ac.il

Kurt Kremer, Lecturer

Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research

Prof. Kremer's research mainly employs various computer simulation techniques to a variety of different problems in the general area of soft matter physics in close relation to either experiment or analytic theory or both. I am a theorist.
Kurt Kremer
kremer [at] mpip-mainz.mpg.de
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Tonya Kuhl, Lecturer

University of California, Davis

Direct Measurements of Biological Membrane – Membrane Interactions, Ligand-Receptor Interactions, Polymer Thin-Films, and Small Angle Scattering Studies of Interfacial Films
Tonya Kuhl
tlkuhl [at] ucdavis.edu

Eugenia Kumacheva, Lecturer & Scientific Organizer

University of Toronto

Physical chemistry of polymers, self-assembly, microfluidics, biotechnology. (Experimental)
Eugenia Kumacheva
ekumache [at] alchemy.chem.utoronto.ca
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Albert Licup

VU University Amsterdam

Advisor: Fred C. MacKintosh

I am interested in the nonequilibrium mechanics and dynamics of bioploymer networks and in particular on their nonlinear elasticity. I am a theorist.
Albert Licup
a.j.licup [at] vu.nl

Fred MacKintosh, Lecturer

VU University

Theoretical biophysics and soft matter. (Theorist)
No picture
fcmack [at] gmail.com
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L. Mahadevan, Lecturer

Harvard University

Applied mathematics. Macroscopic physics. Biological dynamics.
L. Mahadevan
lm [at] seas.harvard.edu

Alexandre Mamane

Institute Curie

Advisor: Jean François Joanny

The theme of my phd is the modeling of molecular motors and related functions in the cell. The team I work in is also interested in understanding the physical part of sbjects like the hearing process, tissue growth, cell division. I am a theorist.
Alexandre Mamane
alexandre.mamane [at] gmail.com

Tomer Markovich

Tel Aviv Univeristy

Advisor: David Andelman

My research topic is ionic solutions on the nano scale: bulk and interfacial properties. I am a theorist.
Tomer Markovich
tomermar [at] post.tau.ac.il

Jacob Mohau Mateyisi

Institute of Theoretical Physics, South Africa

Advisors: Kristian Muller-Nedebock and Leandro Boonzaaier

My interest lies on the theoretical understanding of the physics of soft biological matter systems. I am also interested in the theoretical understanding of sorption of molecules into pores provided by porous material from both equilibrium and dynamical perspectives. I am a theorist.
Maeyisi Mohau
mateyisi [at] sun.ac.za

Dustin McIntosh

University of California, Santa Barbara

Advisor: Omar Saleh

I have specialized in single-molecule elastic measurements of polyelectrolytes, but am broadly interested in novel applications of polymer physics and solution electrostatics. I am an experimentalist.
Dustin McIntosh
dmcintos [at] physics.ucsb.edu

Tom McLeish, Lecturer

Durham University

My research covers three themes: (1) Molecular rheology and dynamics of polymeric fluids (2) Noisy processes in molecular biology and evolution (3) History, theology and philosphy of science, including science and society. (Theorist)
Tom McLeish
t.c.b.mcleish [at] durham.ac.uk
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Shlomi Medalion

Bar-Ilan University

Advisor: Prof. Yitzhak Rabin

Thermodynamics of biological systems, elastic models of biopolymers, DNA topology, DNA-protein interactions, coarse grained models and simulations of macromolecules. I'm a theorist.
Shlomi Medalion
shlomed.uni [at] gmail.com

Elena Minina

University of Stuttgart

Advisor: Axel Arnold

1. Polymer dynamics in cylindrical confinement: the hydrodynamics influence on the typical time scales of polymers in confinement using computer simulations and developing scaling laws. 2. Theoretical description of ferrofluid microstructure. I'm a theorist. Also I perform computer simulations.
Elena Minina
eminina86 [at] gmail.com

Abhiram Muralidhar

University of Minnesota

Advisor: Prof. Kevin Dorfman

My interests include theory and simulation of polymers, and biophysics. I am a theorist.
Abhiram Muralidhar
abhiram [at] umn.edu

Elizaveta Novikova

Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands

Advisor: Kees Storm

My area of interests: I’m interested in investigating the processes that give rise to cell mechanosensitivity, in particular in the behavior of focal adhesion clusters under tension. I’m a theorist.
Elizaveta Novikova
E.A.Novikova [at] tue.nl

Gilad Orly

Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel

Advisor: Nir Gov

Fields of Interest: Physics of biological systems, in particular the formation of protrusions in cells and non-equilibrium processes in the cell. (Theorist)
Gilad Orly
gilad_o [at] hotmail.com

Andrew J. Oyer

University of Connecticut

Advisor: Douglas Adamson

I work on exfoliation and chemical modification of graphene from natural sources. I am an experimentalist.
Andrew J. Oyer
oyerajm [at] gmail.com

Beatriz A. Pazmino Betancourt

Wesleyan University

Advisor: Francis Starr

Polymer dynamics and cooperative motion near glass transition of Nano-composites. (Theorist)
Beatriz Pazmino
bpazminobeta [at] wesleyan.edu

Adrian F. Pegoraro

Harvard University

Advisor: Dr. David A. Weitz

Area of interest: I am interested in studying collective cell motion and how changes in the substrate lead to changes in collective cell dynamics. I'm an experimentalist.
Adrian Pegoraro
apegoraro [at] seas.harvard.edu

Nikolay Perunov

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Advisor: Prof. Jeremy England

Protein folding: physical models, statistical methods. I am a theorist.
Nikolay Perunov
perunov [at] mit.edu

Jorien Peters

Wageningen University

Advisor: Atze Jan van der Goot, Remko Boom

Interested in swelling behaviour of dairy protein structures. I am an Experimentalist.
Jorien Peters
jorien.peters [at] wur.nl
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Philip A. Pincus, Lecturer

University of California, Santa Barbara

Our group does theoretical research broadly in soft condensed matter. Most of our research is motivated by problems arising from biomolecular issues and the physics of aqueous systems. (Theorist)
Philip Pincus
fyl [at] mrl.ucsb.edu
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David J. Pine, Lecturer

New York University

Soft matter, colloids, granular materials (Experimentalist)
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pine [at] nyu.edu
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Jenni Portman

Michigan State University

Advisor: Philip Duxbury

Areas of physics interest: Molecular Dynamics simulations of solvent and multi-chain effects on polymer folding and modeling of novel devices to image these processes. I am a theorist.
Jenni Portman
portman1 [at] msu.edu

Yitzhak Rabin, Lecturer

Bar-Ilan University

Biophysics, DNA, nanopores, gels, soft matter, statistical physics. I am a theorist.
Yitzhak Rabin
rabinserious [at] gmail.com
Homepage

Leo Radzihovsky, Director & Scientific Organizer

University of Colorado

I am interested in states of condensed matter and phase transitions between them, particularly when fluctuations and correlations are qualitatively important. (Theorist)
Leo Radzihovsky
radzihov [at] lulu.colorado.edu
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Sepideh Razavi

City College of New York

Advisors: Ilona Kretzschmar and Joel Koplik

I am interested in the study of Janus colloids near and at interfaces by both experimental and simulation tools with the goal of gaining insight into the connection between emulsion stability and particle-particle interactions at liquid/liquid interfaces. I am an experimentalist.
Sepidah Razavi
srazavi [at] che.ccny.cuny.edu

Payam Rowghanian

Center for Soft Matter Research, New York University

Advisor: Alexander Grosberg

Theoretical and Computational studies in the areas of biological and polymer physics, and critical phenomena.
Payam Rowghanian
pr733 [at] nyu.edu

Gregory J. Rubinstein

Princeton University

Advisor: Professor Howard Stone

My research interests are in complex viscous flows involving the shear-enhanced dispersion of colloidal particles. I am a theorist.
Gregory Rubinstein
grubinst [at] princeton.edu

Michael Rubinstein, Scientific Organizer

University of North Carolina

I am interested in all areas of soft condensed matter and polymer physics including polymer entanglements, charged polymers, polymer gels and networks, and their applications to biological systems, such as airway surface layer of a lung. (Theorist)
Michael Rubinstein
mrubinst [at] email.unc.edu
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Samuel Safran, Lecturer

Weizmann Institute of Science

We study the structure, phase behavior and dynamics of systems such as membranes, macromolecules, and biological cells, using the approaches of statistical thermodynamics. Through our interactions with experimental groups, the theory is applied to problems of membrane fusion, elasticity, self-assembly and adhesion of cells, and self-assembly of amphiphilic molecules. I am a theorist.
Samuel Safran
sam.safran [at] weizmann.ac.il
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Ozan S. Sariyer

University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Advisor: Michael Rubinstein

: I am interested in the statistical mechanics of polymeric systems. My current research is on elasticity of entangled rubber networks. I am a theorist.
Ozan Sariyer
sariyer [at] unc [dot] edu
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Raoul D. Schram

Instituut-Lorentz for theoretical physics, Leiden

Advisor: Helmut Schiessel and Gerard Barkema

My main interest is currently the dynamics of the polymer in a globular state, and its applications to DNA in the cell nucleus. I am a theorist.
Raoul Schram
raouldschram [at] gmail.com

Vittore F. Scolari

UPMC, Paris, France and NCBS, Bangalore, India

Advisor: Marco Cosentino Lagomarsino and Aswin Sai Narain Seshasayee

Areas of interests: Biophysical properties of the bacterial Nucleoid. I am a theorist.
Vittore Scolari
vittore.scolari [at] upmc.fr

Eugene Shakhnovich, Lecturer

Harvard University

Basic principles of protein folding and structural and dynamical properties of other complex polymer systems.
Eugene Shakhnovich
shakhnovich [at] chemistry.harvard.edu

Tyler N. Shendruk

University of Ottawa

Advisor: Dr. Gary W. Slater

I study separation phenomena in microfluidic devices in which both thermal and advective forces play an important role. I am a theorist.
Tyler Shendruk
tshen098 [at] uottawa.ca
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Jan Smrek

New York Univeristy

Advisor: Alexander Grosberg

I'm a theorist interested in structural properties of DNA and proteins search process in cell nucleus.
Jan Smerk
js5013 [at] nyu.edu

Samantha M. Stam

University of Chicago

Advisor: Margaret Gardel and Wendy Zhang

I study mechanisms of force transmission through networks of semiflexible actin filaments. I am mainly an experimentalist.
Samantha Stam
smstam [at] uchicago.edu

Joris Stegen

Eindhoven University of Technology

Advisor: Paul van der Schoot

I am interested in the behaviour of highly concentrated protein solutions. I am a theorist.
Joris Stegen
j.stegen [at] tue.nl

Ye Tian

Center for Functional Nanomaterials, Brookhaven National Lab

Advisor: Oleg Gang

physical behavior for 3-D colloidal crystallization. I am an experimentalist.
Ye Tian
yetian [at] bnl.gov

Corianne van den Akker

FOM Institute AMOLF

Advisor: Gijsje Koenderink

I am interested in mechanics and structure of biopolymers: rheology, imaging and spectroscopy. I am an experimentalist.
Corianne van den Akker
vandenakker [at] amolf.nl
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Fernando Vargas-Lara

Wesleyan University

Advisor: Prof. Francis W. Starr

My Ph.D research centers on molecular simulations and theory of the assembly of nanoparticles mediated DNA links. I am interested in studying how the structural parameters of the DNA-coated nanoparticles affect the topology of the resulting self-assembled network, and the assemblies thermodynamically properties. (Theorist)
Fernando Vargas-Lara
lvargaslara [at] wesleyan.edu

Andreas Weinberger

Institut Charles Sadron (UPR22-CNRS)

Advisor: Carlos Marques

Self-assembled bilayers from lipids and polymers. I am an experimentalist.
Andreas Weinberger
weinberger [at] ics-cnrs.unistra.fr
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David A. Weitz, Lecturer

Harvard University

Experimental soft condensed matter research, biophysics, biotechnology. (Experimental)
David A. Weitz
weitz [at] seas.harvard.edu
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Ana West

Emory University

Advisor: Dr. James T. Kindt

Research Interests: Using both theory and a hybrid Monte-Carlo (MC)-Molecular Dynamics (MD) simulation technique I am exploring the long-time dynamics of high-affinity, high-specificity, transient networks assembled from purposefully mixing stoichiometrically mismatched ‘junctions’ and ‘linker’ components. I am a theorist.
Ana West
awest5 [at] emory.edu

Apiwat Wisitsorasak

Rice University

Advisor: Prof. Peter Wolynes

I study glassy dynamics by using the idea of Random First Order Transition to understand inhomogeneity and mechanical force effect on glasses. I am also interested in cellular cytoskeleton network. (Theorist)
Apiwat Wisitsorasak
aw15 [at] rice.edu

Huayin (Helen) Wu

Harvard University

Advisor: David Weitz

Area of interest: I am interested in the responses of biopolymers to forces, and am currently studying rheological behavior in particular. I am an experimentalist.
Huayin (Helen) Wu
huayinwu [at] fas.harvard.edu

Le Yan

New York University

Advisor: Matthieu Wyart

I am interested in phase transition, critical phenomena and diffusion in random networ. I am a theorist.
Le Yan
ly452 [at] nyu.edu

Xingbo Yang

Syracuse University

Advisor: M.Cristina Marchetti

Non-equilibrium Statistical Mechanics with a focus on Soft Matter and Biological Physics. (Theorist)
Xingbo Yang
xyang14 [at] syr.edu

Catherine Yeh

University of California, Santa Barbara

Advisor: Philip Pincus

Polymer solutions, interfacial properties, polymer brushes. (Theorist)
Catherine Yeh
yeh [at] physics.ucsb.edu

Ekaterina B Zhulina, Lecturer

Institute of Macromolecular Compounds of the Russian Academy of Sciences

Theoretical investigation of polymer self-assembly in solutions and at interfaces, polymer and biopolymer brushes. I am a theorist.
Ekaterina Zhulina
kzhulina [at] hotmail.com

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