Roster of Participants
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Aboutaleb Amiri aamiri@nd.edu 
I’m interested in studying the swarming behavior of selfpropelled rod shaped bacteria. We use a combination of physical modeling and experimental observations in order to understand the mechanisms that lead to the collective behavior exhibited by several bacteria (Theorist). Institution: University of Notre Dame Advisor: Mark Alber 

Andrew Balin andrew.balin@physics.ox.ac.uk 
Using techniques from fluid dynamics and statistical mechanics, I study some theoretical aspects associated with the swimming of microorganisms in complex media. (Theorist) Institution: Rudolf Peierls Centre for Theoretical Physics, University of Oxford Advisor: Prof. Julia Yeomans Home Page 

Deshpreet Bedi dbedi@umich.edu 
I’m a theorist. I am interested in selfassembly and the role of topology in soft matter, as well as the interface between soft and hard condensed matter physics. Institution: University of Michigan Advisor: Xiaoming Mao 

Arman Boromand axb618@case.edu 
Using mesoscopic computational techniques, I am interested in dynamics of complex fluids under equilibrium and far from equilibrium. The systems I am currently involved with are colloidal suspension and gels and stabilized emulsions. (Theorist) Institution: Case Western Reserve University Advisor: Joao Maia 

Coline Bretz colineb@seas.upenn.edu 
I am working on the synthesis and selfassembly of soft colloids for potential applications in photonics. (Experimentalist) Institution: University Paris 6  University of Pennsylvania  Solvay Advisor: Jean Baudry 

Kui Chen offerchenkui@gmail.com 
I am interested in the behavior of colloids in liquid crystals, and the nonlinear rheology and microscopic plasticity of soft glassy materials.(experimentalist) Institution: Johns Hopkins University Advisor: Robert L. Leheny 

Joel Clemmer JClemme3@jhu.edu 
Computation and nonequilibrium processes, in particular critical phenomena and avalanches in disordered solids. (Theorist) Institution: Johns Hopkins University Advisor: Mark O. Robbins 

Matteo Contino M.Contino@warwick.ac.uk 
My work is mainly focused on motile microorganisms and active matter in general. I study how active matter reacts to environmental stimuli such as spatial constraints or mechanisms like chemo/phototaxis. I’m also interested in collective behavior and pattern formation. (Experimentalist) Institution: University of Warwick Advisor: Marco Polin 

Natasha Cowley n.cowley@dundee.ac.uk 
I am interested in the effects of underlying curvature on the collective motion of active systems. (Theorist) Institution: University of Dundee Advisor: Dr. Rastko Sknepnek 

Agnese I. Curatolo agnese.curatolo@univparisdiderot.fr 
I am interested in manybody problems in active matter systems, such as phase separation, which I study through analytics and simulations. (Theorist) Institution: Université ParisDiderot Advisor: Julien Tailleur 

Tine Curk tc387@cam.ac.uk 
I’m broadly interested in Statistical mechanics theory, molecular simulations and their application to soft matter problems. (Theorist) Institution: University of Cambridge, Department of Chemistry Advisor: Daan Frenkel 

Michael David Czajkowski mdczajko@syr.edu 
I am a theorist working in soft biological matter. My recent work concerns the dynamics of active confluent tissues. On the simulation side, we model woundhealing scenarios to identify migration of a collective front. We are also developing a hydrodynamic theory to make connections with the active states of bulk tissues. Institution: Syracuse University Advisor: Lisa Manning & M. Cristina Marchetti 

Giulio De Magistris gde.magistris@sms.ed.ac.uk 
I’m investigating with theoretical and computational methods the dynamics of active matter; currently studying models for active nematic/polar suspensions. (Theorist) Institution: The University of Edinburgh Advisor: Dr D. Marenduzzo, Prof. M. Cates 

Eleni K. Degaga ekd38@georgetown.edu 
I am an experimentalist in the area of biophysics, neuronal growth cone dynamics and guidance. Institution: Georgetown University & National Institute of Health Advisor: Jeffrey Urbach & Herbert Geller 

Ian D. Estabrook idestabrook1@sheffield.ac.uk 
I am interested in the role of the nucleus in cell migration, as well as active models of cell motility. (Theorist) Institution: University of Sheffield Advisor: Dr. Rhoda Hawkins 

Varda Faghir Hagh vfaghirh@asu.edu 
I am a theorist and my research interests include the study of percolation theory with a special emphasis on the rigidity percolation in amorphous and jammed networks. Institution: Arizona State University Advisor: Michael F. Thorpe 

Emily Gehrels egehrels@gmail.com 
Emily studies the thermodynamics of DNA interactions for use in mediating colloidal interactions. She is interested in designing DNA sequences to allow for precise control of the binding strength and temperature dependence of these interactions in order to design dynamic systems of colloidal particles. (Experimentalist) Institution: Harvard SEAS Advisor: Vinothan Manoharan 

Omer Gottesman gottesman@fas.harvard.edu 
I am interested in the dynamics and aging of disordered systems. Specifically, I study the dynamics and evolution of creases patterns in crumpled thin sheets. (Experimentalist). Institution: Harvard University Advisor: Shmuel Rubinstein 

Ming Han minghan2012@u.northwestern.edu 
I am a theorist. I study nonequilibrium collective behavior in soft matters, including active motions, dynamic selfassembly, and flowdriven systems. Institution: Northwestern University Advisor: Erik Luijten 

Joseph Harder jwymbs23@gmail.com 
I am interested in simulating how self propelled particles can be used to enhance and alter the self assembly of passive particles. (Theorist) Institution: Columbia University Advisor: Angelo Cacciuto 

Kabir B. Husain kabirh@ncbs.res.in 
I am a theorist working on (a) active polar fluids with an eye towards the patterning of cell surface proteins by the cytoskeleton cortex, and (b) the ways in which the cell exploits spatial (and temporal) organisation at the cell surface to function in a fluctuating and noisy environment. Institution: National Centre for Biological Sciences Advisor: Madan Rao 

Uroš Jagodič uros.jagodic@ijs.si 
I am an experimentalist in the field of soft matter physics. I am especially interested in the topological defect formation in various liquid crystal systems. Institution: Institut Jozef Stefan Advisor: Prof. Dr. Igor Muševič 

Mathijs A. Janssen mathijs.a.janssen@gmail.com 
Modeling the electrical double layer near the surface of (nanoporous) capacitors, aiming at the optimization of novel variable capacitance engines, as well as water desalination processes. (Theorist) Institution: Utrecht University (The Netherlands), Institute for Theoretical Physics, Center for Extreme Matter and Emergent Phenomena Advisor: Prof. dr. René van Roij 

Leroy Jia leroy_jia@brown.edu 
My research interests include the geometry, mechanics, and phase transitions of colloidal membranes. (Theorist) Institution: Brown University Advisor: Thomas Powers 

Tal Kachman kachman@mit.edu 
I am interested in nonequilibrium statistical mechanics, quantum thermodynamics and quantum nonlinear dynamics (theorist) Institution: MIT and Technion Institute of Technology Advisor: Professor Jeremy England and Professor Shmuel Fishman 

Hridesh Kedia hridesh@uchicago.edu 
(Theory) Knots in light and fluids Institution: University of Chicago Advisor: William T.M. Irvine 

Katherine E. Klymko katieklymko@gmail.com 
I am interested in selfassembly in farfromequilibrium systems. I am a theorist. Institution: University of California, Berkeley Advisor: Phillip Geissler and Stephen Whitelam 

Johannes Knebel johannes.knebel@physik.unimuenchen.de 
I am interested in transport and condensation phenomena that occur in nonequilibrium jump processes and that find applications in mass transport models, boson systems, and evolutionary game theory. (Theorist) Institution: LudwigMaximiliansUniversität München Advisor: Prof. Dr. Erwin Frey Home Page 

Jie Lin jl4294@nyu.edu 
I am interested in the yielding transition of amorphous solids including foam, emulsion, and granular material. I use the concept of nonequilibrium phase transitions, for example, the depinning transition, and scaling arguments, to understand the flow behavior of soft matter. I am a theorist. Institution: Center for soft matter research, New York University Advisor: Matthieu Wyart 

Sofia Magkiriadou sofiam@fastmail.com 
I am interested in colloidal and mechanical systems whose behavior is largely dictated by their topology. (Experimentalist) Institution: University of Chicago Advisor: William Irvine 

Stewart Mallory sam2292@columbia.edu 
My research focuses on the collective behavior and dynamics of active matter. (Theorist) Institution: Columbia University Advisor: Angelo Cacciuto 

David Mayett dmayett@syr.edu 
My research involves the study of elastic instabilities in biological systems. This study began with the development of a minimal model used to describe how the brain develops its distinctive folds and it is continuing with the development of a framework of growth that is applicable to many systems. I am also currently working on a phenomenological model for cancercell migration. (Theorist) Institution: Syracuse University Advisor: Jennifer Schwarz 

Simon Merminod simon.merminod@univparisdiderot.fr 
I am mostly interested in outofequilibrium statistical physics, and more specifically in orderdisorder transitions and slow dynamics. (Experimentalist) Institution: University Paris Diderot Advisor: Michael Berhanu and Eric Falcon Home Page 

Lisa Nash lisanash@uchicago.edu 
I am interested in mechanical topological materials. (Experimentalist) Institution: University of Chicago Advisor: William Irvine 

Thomas O'Connor toconnor@jhu.edu 
Using molecular simulations to develop theories of atomic scale dynamics within deforming materials, and applying such theories to better understand macroscopic mechanical properties. (Theorist) Institution: Johns Hopkins University Advisor: Mark O. Robbins 

Naomi Oppenheimer naomiop@gmail.com 
My interests in physics are soft matter physics mostly involving fluid dynamics and elasticity, but also critical phenomena, differential geometry, collective motion and pretty much everything as long as it is related to physics you can see with your eyes. (Theoretical) Institution: Princeton University Advisor: Howard Stone 

Giuseppe Passucci gpassucc@syr.edu 
Nonequilibrium collective motion, specifically cells at low density and in confluent tissues. (Theorist) Institution: Syracuse University Advisor: Dr. Lisa Manning 

Matthew Pinson mpinson@uchicago.edu 
I study systems that possess only a small number of allowed modes of motion because the degrees of freedom only just outnumber the constraints, such as granular materials. (Theorist) Institution: University of Chicago Advisor: Tom Witten 

Ishan Prasad iprasad@ecs.umass.edu 
My research interests lie in network formation in soft materials. I do theoretical and computational modeling of various soft matter systems such as: self assembled ordered phases of chiral block copolymers; jammed particle packings and other soft programmable materials. I am a theorist. Institution: University of Massachusetts, Amherst Advisor: Gregory Grason, Christian Santangelo 

S.Ganga Prasath sgprasath@tifrh.res.in 
I am interested in systems where elasticity and hydrodynamics play equal role. In general, i am curious of various instabilities that occur at different scales due to nonlinearity, be it a continuous or discrete system. (Experimentalist) Institution: Tata Institute of Fundamental Research Hyderabad, India Advisor: Prof. Rama Govindarajan and Prof. Narayanan Menon 

Elias Putzig efputzig@brandeis.edu 
I am a theorist, and I am working on a continuum theory for an overdamped active nematic liquid crystal. I am particularly interested in understanding the dynamics of defects which spontaneously form, are selfpropelled, and can develop orientational ordering despite the fact individual defects are motile and transient. Institution: Brandeis University Advisor: Aparna Baskaran 

Archishman Raju ar854@cornell.edu 
I am interested in nonequilibrium statistical mechanics and in connections between geometry, statistical mechanics and models in science. (Theorist) Institution: Cornell University Advisor: James Sethna 

Sepideh Razavi razavi.sepideh@gmail.com 
I am interested in the behavior of colloidal particles, especially anisotropic Janus particles, at fluid interfaces. (Experimentalist) Institution: The City College of New York Advisor: Ilona Kretzschmar 

Nitzan Razin nitzan.razin@weizmann.ac.il 
I study the theory of active particles and use it to model biological systems. (Theorist) Institution: Weizmann Institute of Science Advisor: Nir Gov 

Jason Rocks rocks@sas.upenn.edu 
I am interested in the diverse role mechanics plays in biology ranging from allostery in proteins to the beating of the heart. (Theorist) Institution: University of Pennsylvania Advisor: Andrea Liu 

Mahdi Sadjadi seyedmahdi.sadjadi@asu.edu 
I am interested in disordered systems, in particular structural properties of networkforming materials (theorist). Institution: Arizona State University Advisor: Michael F. Thorpe 

Raphael Sarfati raphael.sarfati@yale.edu 
I am interested in soft matter, biophysics, and complex systems. (Experimentalist) Institution: Yale University Advisor: Eric Dufresne 

Sumantra Sarkar sumantra@brandeis.edu 
Research Interest: Shear Jamming, Discontinuous Shear Thickening, Applied Nonequilibrium Statistical Mechanics. (Theorist) Institution: Brandeis University Advisor: Prof. Bulbul Chakraborty 

Pablo Sartori pablosv@pks.mpg.de 
My research area is biological physics. There I focus on two class of problems: ciliary beat as a collective behavior of molecular motors, and thermodynamics of biological information processing. (Theorist) Institution: MPI PKS Advisor: Frank Julicher Home Page 

Robert Schulz schulzr@physik.fuberlin.de 
Based on moleculardynamics simulations, I am interested in bridging microscopic and macroscopic descriptions of various softmatter systems (e.g. pure water, membranes etc.). I use hydrodynamic and stochastic approaches to study these kind of systems. (Theorist) Institution: Freie Universität Berlin Advisor: Prof. Dr. Roland Netz 

Toby Searle T.W.Searle@sms.ed.ac.uk 
I am interested in viscoelastic fluid mechanics, the transition to turbulence, and biological fluids. (Theorist) Institution: University of Edinburgh Advisor: Alexander N Morozov 

Nimrod Segall nimrods6@mail.tau.ac.il 
Jamming in kinetically constrained models, critical behavior in amorphous phases and granular materials (theorist). Institution: Tel Aviv University Advisor: Dr. Yair Shokef 

Suraj Shankar sushanka@syr.edu 
I am a theorist and I enjoy studying field theories for equilibrium and nonequilibrium statistical mechanical systems. Institution: Syracuse University Advisor: Dr. Mark Bowick and Dr. Cristina Marchetti 

Yu Shi yushi@pha.jhu.edu 
I am a experimentalist, and my research interest is trying to understand mechanical properties of cytoskeleton inside cell using active matter physics. Institution: Johns Hopkins University Advisor: Prof. Daniel H. Reich 

Melinda Sindoro sindoro2@illinois.edu 
I study the assembly of anisotropic colloids and, currently, I’m intrigued by ionic liquid systems. (Experimentalist) Institution: University of Illinois at UrbanaChampaign Advisor: Professor Steve Granick and Professor Kenneth Suslick 

Karandeep Singh k.singh@fzjuelich.de 
I’m a theoretical physicist working on mesoscopic membrane models. Institution: Institute of Complex Systems/ Institute for Advanced Simulations (ICS2/IAS2) at Forschungszentrum Jülich, Germany Advisor: Prof. Dr. Gerhard Gompper 

Lisa Tran ltran@sas.upenn.edu 
I am interested in defect structures in nematic and smectic liquid crystals, active nematics, and in bacterial biofilms. (Experimentalist) Institution: University of Pennsylvania Advisor: Dr. Randall D. Kamien and Dr. Kathleen J. Stebe 

Kazage J Christophe Utuje kutuje@syr.edu 
I am interested in cell mechanics. I am currently working on building a continuum model for both spreading and confined cell monolayers coupling elastic deformations and cell polarization to myosin basedcell activity. (Theorist) Institution: Syracuse University Advisor: M. Cristina Marchetti 

Benjamin Chai "Benny" van Zuiden zuiden@lorentz.leidenuniv.nl 
How can we hack in to the world around us to make it do new things?. (Theorist) Institution: Lorentz Instituut at Leiden University Advisor: Dr. Vincenzo Vitelli 

Lee Walsh lawalsh@physics.umass.edu 
I study the collective behavior of active granular matter, including the effects of dynamic selfpropulsion and particle symmetry. (Experimentalist) Institution: University of Massachusetts Advisor: Narayanan Menon Home Page 

Duanduan Wan duwan@syr.edu 
I’m interested in funny phenomenon in condensed matter. (Theorest) Institution: Syracuse University Advisor: Prof. Mark Bowick 

Henry Wilkin wilkin@physics.harvard.edu 
I am investigating how stochastic partial differential equations can be used to define reflection positive measures on fields, in addition to using computational methods to study selfassembly of RNA structures. I am generally interested in applications of stochastic PDE’s in physics, especially in nonequilibrium collective behavior. (Theorist) Institution: Harvard University Advisor: Michael Brenner 

Vikrant Yadav VYadav@clarku.edu 
I am interested in three dimensional (3D) dynamics, mechanics and pattern formation in assemblies of rod like particles (Granular, Biological or Active). I am also interested in financial trading using models based on physics. (Experimentalist) Institution: Clark University Advisor: Arshad Kudrolli Home Page 

Le Yan ly452@nyu.edu 
I’m interested in nonequilibrium in general, specifically on glass transition, rigidity transition, and other nonequilibrium phase transitions. (Theorist) Institution: New York University Advisor: Matthieu Wyart 

Jie Zhang jzhang85@illinois.edu 
I’m studying the collective behavior of active colloids and I keep my mind open to many interesting problems in soft matter physics. I’m an experimentalist. Institution: University of Illinois at UrbanaChampaign Advisor: Steve Granick 

Leyou Zhang leyou@umich.edu 
I use mean field theory (coherent potential approximation, or CPA), numerical simulations, and exact solutions of the central force isostatic lattices, including the square and the kagome lattices in 2D, which are characterized by coordination number z=2d, and exhibit subextensive numbers of zerofrequency floppy modes when the lattice is of finite size, to study a variety of problems such as percolation, finite temperature inear response theory and fracturing. I’m a theorist. Institution: The University of Michigan Advisor: Xiaoming Mao 

Shuang Zhou szhou@kent.edu 
I am an experimentalist. My interest of research is to explore the physics of liquid crystal material and active materials. Institution: Kent State University Advisor: Dr. Oleg Lavrentovich 
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Mark Bowick bowick@physics.syr.edu 
Soft Matter (Theorist) Institution: Syracuse University Home Page 

William Irvine wtmirvine@uchicago.edu 
Topological fluids and soft matter. (Experimentalist) Institution: University of Chicago Home Page 

M Cristina Marchetti mcm@phy.syr.edu 
I have worked on a variety of problem in condensed matter physics and nonequilbrium statistical physics, including vortex lines in superconductors, supercooled fluids and disordered systems. I am currently interested in understanding the emergent behavior of soft and biological materials, from vibrating grains of sand to cell motion in living tissues. (Theorist) Institution: Syracuse University Home Page 

Leo Radzihovsky radzihov@colorado.edu 
I am interested in states of condensed matter and phase transitions between them, particularly when fluctuations and correlations are qualitatively important. (Theorist) Institution: University of Colorado at Boulder Home Page 

Vincenzo Vitelli vitelli@lorentz.leidenuniv.nl 
I work on soft condensed matter theory with a special emphasis on nonlinear dynamics, topology and geometry of soft materials and disordered media. (Theorist) Institution: Leiden University Home Page 
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Noel Clark noel.clark@colorado.edu 
I study soft condensed matter including colloids, liquid crystals, and biomolecular materials. (Experimentalist) Institution: University of Colorado Home Page 

Zvonimir Dogic zdogic@brandeis.edu 
The focus of my research group is on selfassembly of soft materials. We study systems that are in equilibrium but are also creating biologically inspired model that operate far from equilibrium. (Experimentalist) Institution: Brandeis University Home Page 

Eric Dufresne eric.dufresne@yale.edu 
I am broadly interested in soft matter and biological physics. My lab does experiments and a bit of theory. (Experimentalist) Institution: Yale University Home Page 

Efi Efrati efi.efrati@weizmann.ac.il 
Frustrated elastic systems and handedness in soft matter. (Theorist) Institution: Weizmann Institute of Science 

JeanFrançois Joanny jeanfrancois.joanny@curie.fr 
Research themes: wetting, polymrs, surfactants, colloids, membranes.Current research: acive membranes, cell motility, cell adhesion, molecular motorscytoskeleton organization. Institution: Institut Curie Home Page 

Mehran Kardar kardar@mit.edu 
Statistical physics, with applications to nonequilibrium processes and fluctuationinduced forces. (Theorist) Institution: MIT Home Page 

Oleg D. Lavrentovich olavrent@kent.edu 
Liquid crystals, from electrooptics to living types. For further information see http://lavrentovichgroup.com/research.html (Experimentalist) Institution: Kent State University Home Page 

Pierre Le Doussal pierre.ledoussal@lpt.ens.fr 
I am a theorist. My field of research is statistical physics and condensed matter physics, mainly the theoretical physics of disordered systems. My recent interests include nonequilibrium dynamics, avalanches and growth phenomena. Institution: École Normale Supérieure Home Page 

Alex J. Levine alevine@physics.ucla.edu 
I study soft condensed matter and biological physics with an emphasis on semiflexible networks and membranes. (Theorist) Institution: UCLA Home Page 

Tom Lubensky tom@physics.upenn.edu 
I specialize in the theory of soft matter from colloids to liquid crystals. My major research interest at the moment is in topologically protected surface modes in marginally stable (isostatic) periodic crystals. (Theorist) Institution: University of Pennsylvania Home Page 

M. Lisa Manning mmanning@syr.edu 
The Manning group is interested in nonequilibrium collective behavior in both biological and nonbiological systems. The uniting principle is that physicsbased statistical mechanics models can provide insight into the emergent behavior of large groups of strongly interacting objects (granular particles, biological cells, atoms, droplets) at high densities. (Theorist) Institution: Syracuse University Home Page 

Narayanan Menon menon@physics.umass.edu 
I use tabletop experiments as a venue in which to explore nonequilibrium statistical physics. The physical systems we work on include granular materials, and flexible sheets and fibres, and in the past, supercooled liquids and glasses. (Experimentalist) Institution: University of Massachusetts Home Page 

Sidney Nagel srnagel@uchicago.edu 
I work on studies of jamming and on fluid dynamics associated with singularities and pattern formation. (Experimentalist) Institution: University of Chicago Home Page 

David R. Nelson nelson@physics.harvard.edu 
condensed matter and quantitative biology (Theorist) Institution: Harvard University Home Page 

Jennifer Ross rossj@physics.umass.edu 
The Ross Lab studies how the microtubule cytoskeleton organizes the interior of living cells using in vitro reconstitutions experiments of active biomatter. (Experimentalist) Institution: University of Massachusetts Home Page 

Ivan I. Smalyukh ivan.smalyukh@colorado.edu 
Soft matter, colloids, biophotonics, electrooptics, selfassembly, imaging, topology, polymers (Experimentalist) Institution: University of Colorado Home Page 

John Toner jjt@uoregon.edu 
I work on longwavelength theories of many degree of freedom condensed matter systems, both equilibrium and nonequilibrium. My current concentration is in Active Matter (aka “flocking”), liquid crystals, and the surprising overlap between the two. (Theorist) Institution: University of Oregon Home Page 