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Nasrin Afzal Virginia Polytechnic and State University Advisor: Michel Pleimling 
My research interest is Nonequilibrium Statistical Mechanics. (Theorist) 

afzal [at] vt.edu 
Elena Agliari University of Parma, Italy Advisor: Prof. Dr. Davide Cassi 
I am interested in classical and quantum transport on discrete structures, reactiondiffusion phenomena and statistical physics models on complex structures (Theorist) 

elena.agliari [at] fis.unipr.it 
Prasanna Venkatesh Balasubramanian McMaster University Advisor: Dr.Duncan O’Dell 
My research interests are in cold atoms, quantum optics and condensed matter physics. (Theorist) 

balasupv [at] mcmaster.ca 
Shiladitya Banerjee Syracuse University Advisor: M. Cristina Marchetti 
Hydrodynamics of “active” biological systems, Nematic Elastomers, Quenched Disordered systems, Polymer Physics. (Theoretical) 

sbanerje [at] syr.edu 
Kipton M. Barros Boston University Advisor: William Klein 
My interests are in statistical physics and the kinetics of phase transitions, with their applications to materials and biological systems. (Theorist) 
kbarros [at] bu.edu 

Daniel benAvraham, Lecturer Clarkson University 
I am interested in Statistical Physics of nonequilibrium systems, with emphasis on anomalous diffusion and kinetics of diffusionlimited reactions, and applications to complex networks. (Theorist) 
qd00 [at] clarkson.edu 

Federico Benitez Facultad de Ciencias, Universidad de la República Advisor: Nicolás Wschebor 
My research interest is in nonperturbative field theory methods in nonequilibrium statistical mechanics. (Theorist). 

federico [at] fisica.edu.uy 
Dapeng “Max” Bi Brandeis University Advisor: Bulbul Chakraborty 
My research interests are: Jamming & Granular materials. Soft Glassy Rheology. (Theorist) 

maxb1 [at] brandeis.edu 
Stas Burov BarIlan University Advisor: Prof. Eli Barkai 
Statisticsl Mechanics , Stochastic Processes in general and especcially Ergodicty Breaking. (Theorist) 

stasbur [at] gmail.com 
Christopher P. Calderon Rice University Advisor: Dan Sorensen 
My research is centered around methods for estimating stochastic dynamical models from time series. The estimated models are used to understand both thermodynamic and kinetic properties of complex small scale systems (Theorist). 
calderon [at] rice.edu 

Ranjit Chacko Clark University Advisor: Harvey Gould 
I’m interested in the kinetics of phase transitions. (theorist) 

rjchacko [at] gmail.com 
Jonas Cremer LudwigMaximilians University Munich Advisor: Prof. Erwin Frey 
I am interested in describing the evolution of hierarchical biological systems, using methods of nonlinear dynamics and stochastic processes. (Theorist) 
jonas.cremer [at] physik.unimuenchen.de 

George L. Daquila Virginia Tech Advisor: Uwe C. Tauber 
I am interested in non equilibrium statistical mechanics, specifically temporal properties of lattice gases. ((Theorist) 

gdaquila [at] vt.edu 
JiaJia Dong Hamline University Advisors: B. Schmittmann and R.K.P. Zia 
I am interest in nonequilibrium statistical mechanics, particularly in biological systems. Using computer modeling and theoretical approaches, I try to study the stationary and dynamic properties of these systems. (Theorist) 

jdong01 [at] hamline.edu 
Sven Dorosz Virgina Tech Advisor: Michel Pleimling 
I am working on fluctuation relations for non equilibrium steady states. (Theorist) 
sdorosz [at] vt.edu 

Prasenjit Dutt Yale University Advisor: Karyn Le Hur 
I am interested in various aspects of strongly correlated electrons. Currently, I study electronic transport in quantum impurity models out of equilibrium using the real time Keldysh formulation and the scattering state LippmannSchwinger formulation. (Theorist) 
prasenjit.dutt [at] gmail.com 

Jason K. Ellis Kent State University Advisors: Prof. Khandker Quader and Prof. Michael Lee 
I am studying emergent phenomenon in a variety of systems including protein oscillations in E. coli and spinpolarized pwave superfluids. (Theorist) 

jellis2 [at] kent.edu 
Niloufar Faghihi The University of Western Ontario Advisors: Dr. Mikko Karttunen and Dr. Nikolas Provatas 
Research interest: I am studying how external magnetic fields can change the microstructure in magnetic materials. I use an extension of Phase Field Crystal model for this purpose. (Theorist) 
n.faghihi [at] gmail.com 

Greg R. Farrell University of Massachusetts, Amherst Advisor: Narayanan Menon 
I work on understanding the packing and flow of granular systems in the loosepacking regime were disordered packings are mechanically stable at packing fractions well below those seen in random close packing. (Experimentalist) 

grfarrell [at] physics.umass.edu 
Nancy Carolina ForeroMartinez Queen’s University Belfast Advisor: Mario Gabriel Del Popolo 
I am interested in the statistical mechanics and computer simulation of dense ionic fluids, in order to understand the density driven phase transition between ionic and dipolar states in a reactive fluid. (Theorist) 
nforeromartinez02 [at] qub.ac.uk 

Ignacio Franco Northwestern University Advisors: George C. Schatz and Mark A. Ratner 
Singlemolecule pulling experiments. Thermodynamics at the nanoscale. Coherent control and laserdriven dynamic. Decoherence and open quantum system dynamics. Quantumclassical correspondence. (Theorist)

ifranco [at] chem.northwestern.edu 

Erwin Frey, Lecturer Ludwig Maximilians University Munich 
Biological Physics (Semiflexible Polymers, Intracellular Transport, Gene Regulation, Biofilm Formation, Biochemical Networks) Nonequilibrium Physics (Game Theory, Nonlinear Dynamics, Spatial Stochastic Processes, Nonperturbative Renormalization Group) (Theorist) 
frey [at] lmu.de 

Ting Ge Johns Hopkins University Advisor: Mark O. Robbins 
My research goal is to understand the microscopic origins of the macroscopic behavior of glassy polymer using molecular simulation. One example is investigating the role of entanglement in the formation of crazes based on nonequilibrium molecular dynamics simulation (NEMD). (Theorist) 

get [at] pha.jhu.edu 
Morteza Haeri Syracuse University Advisor: Prof. Jeremy Gilbert 
Interfacial phenomena of biomaterials/body interfaces (Experimentalist) 

sedmorteza [at] gmail.com 
Jordan Horowitz University of Maryland Advisor: Christopher Jarzynski 
My research focuses on fluctuations in small far fromequilibrium systems. (Theorist) 

horowitz [at] umd.edu 
Chris Jarzynski, Lecturer University of Maryland 
I am interested in many aspects of statistical mechanics and thermodynamics, including the application of statistical mechanics to molecular machines and problems of biophysical interest; efficient computational strategies for estimating thermodynamic properties of complex systems; and basic laws that govern systems far from thermal equilibrium. (Theorist) 
cjarzyns [at] umd.edu 

Mark H. Jhon University of California, Berkeley & Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Advisors: Prof. Daryl C. Chrzan & Prof. Andreas M. Glaeser 
My interests lie in the mechanical deformation of composites and microstructural stability. (Theorist) 
mj2k [at] berkeley.edu 

Alireza Karimi Virginia Tech Advisor: Prof. Mark Paul 
My research interests are Nonlinear Dynamics and Chaos, Pattern Formation and Spatiotemporal Chaos in Fluid Convection and Computational Fluid Dynamics. (Theorist) 

karimi [at] vt.edu 
Andrew Kent, Lecturer New York University 
My research interests are in the physics of magnetic nanostructures and nanomagnetic devices. I conduct experimental studies of quantum tunneling of magnetization and coherence in arrays of nanometer scale magnets known as single molecule magnets. I am also studying spindependent transport and spin momentum transfer in thin film magnetic nanopillars. (Experimentalist) 
adk1 [at] nyu.edu 

ChingHwa Kiang, Scientific Coordinator & Lecturer Rice University 
I am interested in understanding the interactions of biological molecules and complexes, as well as binding of cells to biomolecules. We use experimental singlemolecule techniques to study problems such as proteinnucleic acid interactions, virus assembly, and proteincell adhesion. (Experimentalist) 
chkiang [at] rice.edu 

Ben Klünder LudwigMaximiliansUniversität München Advisor: Erwin Frey 
My research focuses on pattern formation in different biological systems. (Theorist) 
kluender [at] physik.unimuenchen.de 

Oleg B. Kogan Michigan State University Advisor: Mark Dykman 
I study large deviations, stochastic processes, and disorder in nonequilibrium systems. (Theorist) 

oxk7 [at] yahoo.com 
Kirill Korolev Harvard University Advisor: David R. Nelson 
I am interested in collective behavior and evolution. Currently, I am working on reactiondiffusion systems and their applications in population genetics and microbiology. (Theorist) 

kirill.korolev [at] gmail.com 
K. Vijay Kumar Indian Institute of Science Advisor: Prof. Sriram Ramaswamy 
I am interested in Nonequilibrium Statistical Physics, Soft Condensed Matter and Biological Physics (Driven Colloids, Molecular Motors), Fundamental Problems in Statistical Mechanics (Classical Orbital Diamagnetism) and Mesoscopic Simulation Techniques (Lattice Boltzmann Modelling). (Theorist) 
vijayk [at] physics.iisc.ernet.in 

Alexandra Landsman James Madison University Advisor: Samuel Cohen 
My research interests are in far from equilibrium stochastic fluctuations with applications to physics and biology. I am also interested in dynamical systems, and have previously worked on coupled nonlinear oscillators and chaotic synchronization. (Theorist) 

landsmanster [at] gmail.com 
Chiu Fan Lee University of Oxford, UK Advisor: Neil F. Johnson (now at the University of Miami) 
My field of interest is biological physics. In particular, I am studying the phenomenon of protein aggregation and protein amyloid formation crucial to the understanding of many neurodegenerative diseases, such as the Alzheimer’s disease. (Theorist) 
c.lee1 [at] physics.ox.ac.uk 

Xuefei Li Hong Kong Baptist University Advisor: Leihan Tang 
I am interested in biological physics. (Theorist) 
lixuefei.0 [at] gmail.com 

YungChing Liang University of Southern California Advisor: Stephan Haas 
I am interested in condensed matter theory and nonequilibrium statistical mechanics. (Theorist) 

yungchin [at] usc.edu 
XiongJun Liu Texas A&M Univeristy Advisor: Prof. Jairo Sinova 
I am interested in Spintronics with semiconductors, and the simulation of spintronic effects (e.g. spin Hall effect, anomalous Hall effect, topological states, etc) in cold atoms. (Theorist) 
phylx [at] physics.tamu.edu 

Mitchell D. Mailman Brandeis University Advisor: Bulbul Chakraborty 
Theoretic and Simulation Studies of Granular Materials (Theorist) 

mitch.mailman [at] gmail.com 
Daniel J. Malinow University of California, Santa Barbara Advisor: Phil Pincus 
My research interests are focused in softcondensed matter physics problems which lie at the intersection of statistical physics and geometry. I have been working to understand the equilibrium shapes of polyelectrolytes on oppositely charged curved substrates and colloids of various model geometries. I have also been interested in understanding the electrostatics of charged solutions confined to curved surfaces via a formulation of DebyeHuckel theory. (Theorist) 

dmalinow [at] physics.ucsb.edu 
Cristina Marchetti, Lecturer Syracuse University 
I am interested in the emerging collective behavior of systems that are driven far from equilibrium by internal or external energy sources, large fluctuations, or material disorder. I currently work on active matter (bacterial suspensions, actin cytoskeleton, cells on elastic substrates) and driven disordered systems (vortices in superconductors, charge density waves). (Theorist) 
mcm [at] physics.syr.edu 

Gcina Mavimbela Ohio University Advisor: Horacio E. Castillo 
I am working on glasses and mostly interested in signaures of glassiness in theoretical model. (Theorist) 

gmavimbela [at] gmail.com 
Anna Melbinger LudwigMaximilians Universität Advisor: Erwin Frey 
I am interested in nonequilibrium phenomena and the role of fluctuations in biological physics. I am currently working on the evolution of cooperation and on driven transport. (Theorist) 
anna.melbinger [at] physik.lmu.de 

David D. Minh National Institutes of Health Advisor: Arthur Adib 
I am interested developing nonequilibrium work theorems and applying them to statistical estimators of free energies in computer simulations and singlemolecule pulling experiments. (Theorist) 

daveminh [at] gmail.com 
Majid Mosayebi ETH Zürich Advisor: Hans Christian Öttinger 
Nonequilibrium thermodynamics of glasses, rheology of glassy systems. (Theorist) 

majid.mosayebi [at] mat.ethz.ch 
Swagatam Mukhopadhyay Rutgers University Advisor: Paul M Goldbart 
Systems Biology: I am currently focusing on theoretical and computational models of Epigenetics and Eucaryotic Gene Expression. I am involved with experimental biologists in exploring the mechanism of longdistant communication between enhancer and promoter for gene expression, insulation of such communication with insulator elements, the spread of silencing and hysteresis effects originating from bistability in models of silencing (involved with experiments on yeasts). I am fascinated by the Polycomb silencing mechanism, and histone modifications in general often referred to as the ‘histone code’. My other interests in Systems Biology lies in cellular transport, both in early development and later, and effect of noise in feedbacks. In my previous life, I worked on spatial heterogeneity in glasses and RG theory of elasticity of random solids, amongst other things. (Theorist) 

swagatam [at] biomaps.rutgers.edu 
Matthias Nyfeler University of Bern Advisor: UweJens Wiese 
I am working and interested on the simulation of models of strongly correlated electron systems and frustrated magnets. Currently I am also trying to extend our monte carlo methods to realtime evolution of quantum spin systems. (Theorist) 

nyfeler [at] itp.unibe.ch 
Dina N. Obeid Brown University Advisor: Michael Kosterlitz 
I am interested in out of equilibrium phenomena. Along the way I deal with dynamical systems and stochastic differential equations. (Theorist) 

dina_obeid [at] brown.edu 
Jayson Paulose Harvard University Advisor: David Nelson 
Research interests: Applications of statistical mechanics to nanoscale systems. Mechanics and statistical mechanics of curved geometries. (Theorist) 

jaysonpaulose [at] gmail.com 
Thierry Platini Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University Advisor: Royce Zia 
I am working on nonequilibrium dynamics of complex systems. I did my PhD on NonEquilibrium Quantum Spin Chains and I am studying now on epidemic models described on dynamical and adaptive networks. (Theorist) 
platini [at] vt.edu 

Michel Pleimling, Scientific Coordinator & Lecturer Virginia Tech 
In my research I study the properties of nonequilibrium systems, with a special emphasis on transient effects as for example aging processes and relaxation phenomena. (Theorist) 
Michel.Pleimling [at] vt.edu 

Dragana Popovic, Lecturer National High Magnetic Field Laboratory 
I am interested in the complex, outofequilibrium charge dynamics that emerges in many strongly correlated electronic materials in the vicinity of the transition from an insulating into a conducting state. In particular, my focus is on charge dynamics in two types of materials: twodimensional systems in semiconductor heterostructures and lightly doped cuprates. The experiments involve transport combined with lowfrequency dynamical response measurements. (Experimentalist) 
dragana [at] magnet.fsu.edu 

Leo Radzihovsky, Director University of Colorado 
I am interested in the theory of states of condensed matter and phase transitions between them, particularly in systems where fluctuations and correlations are qualitatively important. (Theorist) 


Sid Redner, Lecturer Boston University 
My interests are in nonequilibrium statistical physics and stochastic processes, with their applications to networks, firstpassage phenomena, and models of biological function and evolution. (Theorist) 
redner [at] bu.edu 

Cynthia Reichhardt, Lecturer Los Alamos National Lab 
I use particlebased numerical simulations to study nonequilibrium dynamics of a wide range of systems, including superconducting vortices, colloids, Wigner crystals, DNA, radiation damage, artificial nuclei, and granular media. (Theorist) 
cjrx [at] lanl.gov 

Per Arne Rikvold, Lecturer Florida State University 
Equilibrium and nonequilibrium statistical mechanics with applications in condensedmatter physics, electrochemistry, biology, and engineering. (Theorist) 
prikvold [at] fsu.edu 

Mary A. Rohrdanz The Ohio State University Advisor: Prof. John Herbert 
I am interested in understanding the organizing principles behind seemingly complex collective motions, primarily in biological systems. (Theorist) 
mrohrdan [at] chemistry.ohiostate.edu 

Beate Schmittmann, Scientific Coordinator Virginia Tech 
Statistical physics of nonequilibrium systems, focusing on both fundamental and applied problems. (Theorist) 
schmittm [at] vt.edu 

Carl F. Schreck Yale University Advisor: Corey O’Hern 
My research focuses on the connection between glassy dynamics and jamming in systems of anisotropic particles. (Theorist) 

carl.schreck [at] yale.edu 
Udo Seifert, Lecturer University of Stuttgart 
Nonequilibrium statistical mechanics with an emphasis on stochastic thermodynamics (also its experimental realizations) and statistical physics of biological systems (in particular membrane and adhesion processes) (Theorist) 
useifert [at] theo2.physik.unistuttgart.de 

Christopher A. Serino Boston University Advisor: William Klein 
My research interest is nonequilibrium statistical mechanics and its application to near meanfield theoretic descriptions of classical phase transitions as well as simple stochastic models of physical, biological, and social systems, and properties of random walks. Currently I am working on descriptions of damage, fatigue, and catastrophic failure in a model for materials under stress. (Theorist) 
cserino [at] physics.bu.edu 

Leah Shaw College of William & Mary Advisor:N/A 
Adaptive networks, biological systems, epidemic spread, population modeling, noise induced escape. (Theorist) 
lbshaw [at] wm.edu 

Inti Sodemann University of South Carolina Advisor: Yaroslaw Bazaliy 
I am interested in several topics of condensed matter physics, specially in spin dependent electronic transport, magnetic ordering and many body strongly correlated systems. (Theorist) 

sodemann [at] caprine.physics.sc.edu 
Anton Souslov University of Pennsylvania Advisor: Tom Lubensky 
I am interested in soft elasticity and elastic instabilities. I look at simple elastic models, such as spring lattices, with applications to systems of jammed particles, gels and colloids. (Theorist) 

asouslov [at] sas.upenn.edu 
Uwe C. Täuber, Scientific Coordinator Virginia Tech 
My research interests reside in theoretical condensed matter physics and statistical mechanics; specifically I work on the characterization of nonequilibrium steady states and phase transitions in driven and reactiondiffusion systems, with applications in solid state physics, magnetism, superconductivity, biochemistry, population dynamics, and ecology. (Theorist) 
tauber [at] vt.edu 

Steve Teitel, Lecturer University of Rochester 
I use large scale numerical simulations to study critical behavior in a variety of equilibrium and steady state condensed matter systems, including models of flow in granular materials and vortex fluctuations in high temperature superconductors. (Theorist) 
stte [at] pas.rochester.edu 

Rakesh P. Tiwari The Ohio State University Advisor: Prof. David G Stroud 
I am interested in decoherence and open quatum systems. Recently I got interested in transport in mesoscopic systems. (Theorist) 

rapat82 [at] gmail.com 
Mauricio Trujillo Martinez Physikalisches Institut der Universität Bonn Advisor: Prof. Dr. J. Kroha 
Condensed matter physics. BoseEinstein Condensates, strongcorrelated electron systems, nonequilibrium dynamics (Theorist) 

mauro [at] th.physik.unibonn.de 
Salomon Turgman North Carolina State University Advisors: Jan Genzer and Peter K. Kilpatrick 
Polymer physics, phase behavior and separation, polymers under confinement and polymer brushes (Experimentalist) 

sturgman [at] gmail.com 
Suriyanarayanan Vaikuntanathan University of Maryland Advisor: Christopher Jarzynski 
Nonequilibrium work fluctuation theorems: Theory and Simulations. (Theorist) 

svaikunt [at] umd.edu 
Martijn van den Broek Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Advisor: Gavin Crooks 
I’m interested in fundamental nanoscale, farfromequilibrium thermodynamics to develop an understanding of the practical limits and operational principle of molecular machines, both biological and artificial. I have a particular interest in applications to solar energy conversion. (Theorist) 

vandenbroek.martijn [at] gmail.com 
Ben VollmayrLee, Lecturer Bucknell University 
My general interests are in nonequilibrium statistical mechanics, and more specifically nonequilibrium critical behavior, as demonstrated in reactiondiffusion systems and phase separation dynamics. (Theorist) 
bvollmay [at] bucknell.edu 

Daniel Volovik Boston University Advisor: Sid Redner 
My research interest are in theoretical nonequilibrium statistical mechanics, especially with applications to climatology and social dynamics. (Theorist) 
dvolovik [at] bu.edu 

Mya Warren University of British Columbia Advisor: Joerg Rottler 
I’m a computational physicist. I use mostly molecular dynamics and stochastic simulations to model the nonequilibrium particle dynamics in structural glasses. (Theorist) 

mya [at] phas.ubc.ca 
Thomas S. Welsh University of Leeds, UK Advisor: R. Mike L. Evans 
I am interested in nonequilibrium statistical physics, from both a fundamental perspective and in the field of soft condensed matter. (Theorist) 

phy4tsw [at] leeds.ac.uk 
Jonathan K. Whitmer University of Illinois, UrbanaChampaign Advisor: Erik Luijten (Northwestern Univ.) 
I am interested in the particle dynamics of colloidal suspensions and the interplay of interparticle, Brownian, and hydrodynamic forces therein, which I study via computer simulations. (Theorist) 

jkwhitme [at] uiuc.edu 
Anton A. Winkler LudwigMaximiliansUniversität Advisor: Prof. Erwin Frey 
I am conducting research on nonequilibrium phase transitions in reactiondiffusion systems. In particular, to describe the critical behavior, I make use of renormalization group methods. (Theorist) 

anton.winkler [at] physik.unimuenchen.de 
Erik Woldhuis Leiden University Advisors: Wim van Saarloos and Martin van Hecke 
Areas of physics interest: jamming, foam, granular materials, soft condensed matter (Theorist) 

woldhuis [at] lorentz.leidenuniv.nl 
Nicholas Wschebor, Lecturer Instituto de Física de la Facultad de Ingeniería, Universidad de la República 
Non perturbative methods in Field Theory. (Theorist) 
nicws [at] fing.edu.uy 

Zhenwei Yao Syracuse University Advisors: Prof. Xiangjun Xing and Prof. Bowick 
My area of physics interest: theoretical soft matter physics, employing statistical mechanics and differential geometry to understand phases of soft matters. (Theorist) 

yaozwde [at] gmail.com 
Hussain Zaidi University of Virginia Advisor: Eugene Kolomeisky 
My current research is on the Casimir effect (static and dynamic) and regularization techniques. I’ve worked in quantum information and optics in the past and still hold active interest in these fields. (Theorist) 

haz4z [at] virginia.edu 
Kai Zhang Duke University Advisor: Patrick Charbonneau 
computer simulation of soft matters (Theorist) 
kai.zhang [at] duke.edu 

Royce K.P. Zia, Lecturer Virginia Tech 
Fundamental issues in nonequilibrium statistical mechanics Driven diffusive systems and reactiondiffusion systems, as well as their applications to, e.g., transport problems in molecular biology and vehicular traffic, population dynamics, and adaptive networks. (Theorist) 
rkpzia [at] vt.edu 