Members: Please place your sketch in alphabetical order by last name
(Use the Heading 3, not boldface, setting for the line with your name on it.)


José Alvarado

I am an experimentalist. I recently finished my PhD at AMOLF (Amsterdam) with Gijsje Koenderink. There I worked on active gels that exert internal contractile forces. Now I've started my postdoc at MIT with Peko Hosoi. I'm working to establish a system of rotationally excited hard-rod fluids. These could be used to make small pumps. I'm also contemplating how to design synthetic models of active matter.

Shiladitya Banerjee

is a Postdoctoral Scholar at the James Franck Institute, University of Chicago. His research interests include the physics of cytoskeleton, mechanics of eukaryotic cells and tissues, and the physics of bacteria.

Aparna Baskaran

is a faculty member at in the physics department at Brandeis University. She uses the tools of non-equilibrium statistical mechanics to study dynamical phenomena in driven soft materials and active fluid systems.

Dapeng (Max) Bi

I am a postdoc at Syracuse University working with Lisa Manning. I am interested in Cell migration and collective behavior in dense biological tissues as well as the statistical mechanics and dynamics of disordered, glassy systems. My homepage.

Bulbul Chakraborty

is a condensed matter theorist at Brandeis University. Her recent interests have focussed on structures created by stress, especially in granular materials and non-Brownian suspensions. She has also been studying synchronization of "cells" modelled as chemical reactor coupled by diffusion. She is interested in extending some of these ideas to active systems.

Hugues Chaté

is a senior scientist at CEA-Saclay France. Until recently, he was the convenor of the Advanced Study Group on the "Statistical Physics of Collective Motion" at the Max Planck Institute for the Physics of Complex Systems in Dresden, Germany.

Moumita Das

I am a theoretical biophysicist and faculty member in the School of Physics and Astronomy at Rochester Institute of Technology. I study mechanobiological properties of cells and their collections that involve an interplay between elasticity or viscoelasticity, statistical mechanics and microstructure. homepage

Jure Dobnikar

is a senior scientist at University of Cambridge, UK and at Jozef Stefan Institute, Ljubljana, Slovenia. He is interested in collective phenomena in colloids and bacteria. He studies magnetic colloids, charged colloids, colloid-polymer mixtures, active colloids, bacterial motility, as well as effects of multivalent binding in biology (cell targeting and immune system response). homepage

James Feng

is a professor at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, in the departments of Mathematics and Chemical and Biological Engineering. He works on modeling cellular and tissue mechanics, especially in developmental and morphogenetic processes. Recent and current projects concern malaria-infected red cells, cell fluidization under stretching, dorsal closure and germband extension in Drosophila, and neural crest cell migration in xenopus. homepage

Gerhard Gompper

is a theoretical physicist and Research Center Juelich, Germany. He is interested in Soft Matter and Biophysics, in particular the flow of complex fluids and the physics of microswimmers (sperm, bacteria, cilia, self-propelled rods and spheres). homepage

Silke Henkes

is a faculty member at the Institute for Complex Systems and Mathematical Biology at the University of Aberdeen in Scotland. Her research focuses on numerical models of active and granular particle systems, and applications to biology, especially multicellular dynamics.

Greg Huber

I am a biophysicist. I am also the Deputy Director at the KITP dealing with this program. I apologize for this short bio.

Cristian Huepe

is an unaffiliated research scientist and founder of CHuepe Labs Inc. (Chicago IL, USA), a Visiting Scholar at Northwestern University's Institute on Complex Systems (Evanston IL, USA), and a Guest Scientist at the Max Planck Institute for the Physics of Complex Systems (Dresden, Germany). He is a physicist by training and has worked on various areas related to complex systems, nonlinear dynamics, and statistical physics. In recent years, his work has focused on collective motion and complex networks. homepage
Changbong Hyeon
is a faculty member at the Korea Institute for Advanced Study. His research interest is in theoretical biophysics, the area of which includes dynamics of molecular motors, single molecule force spectroscopy, disorder in molecular systems, and dynamics of protein, nucleic acids, and polymer. homepage

Mehran Kardar

is a statistical physicist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is interested in collective phenomena, fluctuations, patterns, and non-equilibrium processes.

Evgeniy Khain

is a faculty member of the Department of Physics at Oakland University. His interests lie in the interdisciplinary area of non-equilibrium statistical and nonlinear physics, from complex biological systems to driven granular media. Biological multicellular systems are an exciting example of stochastic non-equilibrium systems, which exhibit fascinating nonlinear phenomena. His objective is to identify the basic physical mechanisms which govern complex biological processes. Specifically, he is modeling the collective behavior of motile and adhesive brain tumor cells. For more information visit his web page

Anatoly Kolomeisky
is a theoretical scientist from Rice University (Houston, Texas) working on modeling complex biological processes using methods of Statistical Mechanics. More specifically, his interests include biological transport phenomena, motor proteins, polymer translocation, dynamics in cytoskeleton protein systems, transport through channels and nanopores, protein search for targets on DNA, mechanisms of formation of signaling molecules profiles, determination of network structures and mechanisms of complex biochemical systems. For more information please visit his webpage.

Arshad Kudrolli

is an experimentalist with broad interest in non-equilibrium phenomena, self-organization, granular-fluid flows, and biological physics. He is Jan and Larry Landry University Professor at Clark University and a link to his research page there can be found here.

Oleg Lavrentovich

Explores liquid crystals and related systems ay the Liquid Crystal Institute, Kent State University. Among the most recent topics are lyotropic chromonic liquid crystals, nonlinear liquid crystal-enabled electrophoresis, twist-bend nematics, nano- and microsecond switching liquid crystals, anomalous diffusion in liquid crystals (with V. Nazarenko, Ukraine), living liquid crystals (with I. Aronson and A. Sokolov, Argonne). More details:
http://www.kent.edu/research/findaresearcher/~olavrent/

Philippe Marcq

is a faculty member at Université Pierre et Marie Curie, and Institut Curie, Paris. He works on models of cell and tissue mechanics. Recently studied examples include stress fiber organisation, collective cell migration and wound healing. Homepage.

Cristina Marchetti

is a soft condensed matter theorist at Syracuse University. She is interested in the emergent behavior of soft and biological materials that are driven out of equilibrium by an external drive, internal activity or quenched disorder. Her research uses theory and computation to investigate the dynamics of a broad range of nonequilibrium systems, from vibrated granular matter to bacterial suspensions, the cell cytoskeleton and living tissues. Research Webpage

Enzo Marinari

He is a theoretical physicist at Sapienza University of Rome. He studies the statistical mechanics of disordered systems and spin glasses. Recently he has started to study biologically related questions, in quantitative and systems biology. Among other he has analyzed metabolice networks with a top-down, FBA like approach. He is learning in this period how to use wikispace, without remarkable success. Hopefully more information about him can be found from his Home Page.

Kirsten Martens

is a theoretical research scientist working for the CNRS in France. Her main interest concerns non-equilibrium statistical physics, pattern formation in reaction diffusion systems, and non-equilibrium phenomena in active matter. Research Webpage

Gautam Menon

is a theoretical physicist who is a faculty member at the Institute of Mathematical Sciences in Chennai, India. His interests are in the application of statistical mechanics to several problems in condensed matter physics and biophysics, including descriptions of nuclear architecture as an active matter problem. For more, see his Research Webpage

Fernando Peruani

is a faculty member at the Université de Nice Sophia Antipolis, France. He works on active matter and biological physics. Among other problems, he has studied self-propelled rod models with the intention of understanding experiments with gliding bacteria (Myxococcus xanthus), highlighting the difference between polar and apolar alignment in systems of (polar) SPPs. One of the central questions he has addressed is the frequently observed transition in active systems from a diluted (individual) to highly clustered (collective) phase, as observed in myxobacteria. Recently, he has studied the effects of heterogeneous media in the collective and individual properties of active particle systems. More information can be found here.

Harald Pleiner

is a (retired) research scientist from the Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research in Mainz. His main interests are the generalized hydrodynamic description of complex soft matter as well as driven, non-equilibrium pattern states - two aspects that are present in active matter. At this workshop he is interested in discussing dynamic polar (in contrast to static nematic-like) ordering and the manifestation of non-equilibrium in the former description. research page

Pawel Romanczuk

is currently a post-doctoral researcher at the Leibniz Institute for Freshwater Ecology and Fisheries. His main interests are application of stochastic processes and statistical physics to biological problems, in particular emergence of collective behavior. Among others he has been working on models for collective motion in the absence of explicit velocity-alignment interactions and on the derivation of coarse-grained equations of motion from microscopic Langevin-type models. His ongoing research activities focus on active-matter phases beyond the fluid-like, orientationally ordered phase, like active smectics and vortex arrays, as well as on collective information processing in animal swarms. research page

Wanming Qi

is a physics graduate student at Brown University. She studies equilibrium and non-equilibrium statistical mechanics of two-dimensional fluid turbulence under the supervision of Prof. Brad Marston. For details, see her Research Webpage

Sriram Ramaswamy

is a faculty member at the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research's new Centre for Interdisciplinary Sciences in Hyderabad (on leave from the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore). His research interests are in nonequilibrium, soft-matter and biological physics. His current interests are largely though not exclusively in Active Matter, the main subject of this programme.

Helmut Schiessel

is a faculty member at the Lorentz Institute for Theoretical Physics at Leiden University. I am interested in DNA and its compaction inside chromatin, single molecule experiments and charged soft matter. See also our group page.

Christoph Schmidt

is a faculty member in the Institute of Biophysics at the Faculty of Physics of the Georg August University Göttingen in Germany. His group studies the physics of living systems, of (non-equilibrium) biological matter and of soft condensed matter, using light microscopy, optical trapping, atomic force microscopy and related methods as experimental tools.

Ulrich Schwarz

is a faculty member in both physics and biology at Heidelberg University, Germany. He works on the physics of soft matter and biological systems, in particular on cell mechanics and adhesion. One subject of particular interest in his group is traction force microscopy and models which can help to understand how (and why) forces are generated at the interface between cells and their environment. Another subject he is working on is stochastic dynamics of sub-cellular structures, like assemblies of adhesion bonds, molecular motors or other protein assemblies. The main methods used are continuum mechanics, stochastic equations and non-linear dynamics. Homepage

Xiaqing Shi

is a faculty member of Center for Soft Condensed Matter Physics and Interdisciplinary Research, Soochow University, Suzhou, China. His research interest is about active matter, developing simplified but interesting models ranging from cytoskeleton to driven granular rods systems.

Rastko Sknepnek

is a faculty member in the School of Engineering, Physics and Mathematics at University of Dundee in Scotland. His research focuses on theoretical/computational soft condensed matter physics and biophysics. homepage.

Alexandre Solon

I am a graduate student in Université Paris Diderot under the supervision of Julien Tailleur. I work on models of aligning self-propelled particles using numerical simulations and continuum descriptions.

Dhananjay Tambe

is a Research Fellow in the Department of Environmental Health at the Harvard School of Public Health. He is a Mechanical Engineer interested in identifying physical principles that govern physiological processes in epithelium and endothelium. Recently studied processes include collective migration, epithelial-to-mesenchymal transition, and barrier function.

Megan Valentine

is an experimental biophysicist/bioengineer and a faculty member in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at UCSB. Her group investigates biopolymer elasticity and network rheology, kinesin-driven cargo transport and the role of mechanics in marine mussel adhesion. Research Webpage

Thomas Waigh

is a faculty member at the University of Manchester (Biological Physics Group, School of Physics and Astronomy). He is an experimentalist interested in photonics techniques (X-ray, infrared and visible) in biology. He applies the methods to biological and soft condensed matter. Here are two draft chapters on active matter from a textbook he is writing ('The physics of living processes'). A book chapter. Another book chapter. Please email him if you spot any errors or believe the material is in anyway controversial (hopefully it is not, the book is for undergraduates).

Xingbo Yang

is a Physics Graduate Student at Syracuse University. He studies pattern formation of bacterial suspensions and collective behaviors of self-propelled particles using both continuum hydrodynamic models and numerical simulations.

Julia Yeomans

is a faculty member at the University of Oxford. She works on simulations and theory of soft and biological matter. homepage

Annette Zippelius

is a theoretical physicist at the University of Goettingen. She is interested in collective behavior of disordered materials as well as systems far from equilibrium. Examples are granular matter, glasses and polymer networks. my homepage