Biological Physics @ CMU

The Biological Physics Initiative
Carnegie Mellon University, Department of Physics

www.cmu.edu
 
     

People that form the CMU Biological Physics Group

 

Maumita Mandal
Biophysical Chemistry (Exp.)

Assistant Professor of Chemistry; courtesy appointments in Physics and Biomed. Engineering

PhD: Cntr f. Cell. & Molec. Biology, Hyderabad, India (2001)

at CMU since 2008

412-268-4213 / mail
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  • RNA folding, optical tweezers
  • Transcriptional regulation
  • Nucleic acid-based molecular motors
Stephanie Tristram-Nagle
Experimental Biophysics

Research Professor of Physics

PhD: UC Berkeley (1981)

at CMU since 1982

412-268-3174 / mail
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  • Lipid membrane models
  • X-ray diffraction
  • Lipid structure

 

Markus Deserno
Molecular Simulation, Theory

Associate Professor of Physics

PhD: University of Mainz, Germany (2000)

at CMU since 2007

412-268-4401 / mail
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  • Coarse-grained lipid membrane models
  • Computational protein models
  • Field theory of lipid membrane
Alex Evilevitch
Experimental Biophysics

Associate Professor of Physics

PhD: University of Lund, Sweden (2001)

at CMU since 2009

412-268-2748 / mail
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  • Physical virology
  • Viral genome packaging
  • Mechanical properties of virus capsids
Stephen Garoff
Experimental Biophysics

Dept. Head and Professor of Physics, Professor of Chemical Engineering

PhD: Harvard (1977)

at CMU since 1988

412-268-6877 / mail
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  • Science and engineering of surfactant systems
  • Self-dispersing aerosol drug carriers
Frank Heinrich
Experimental Biophysics

Assistant Research Professor; Staff Member, NIST Center for Neutron Research

PhD: University of Leipzig, Germany (2005)

at CMU since 2006

301-975-4507 / mail
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  • Lipid membrane models
  • Neutron scattering
  • Instrument design and optimization
Mathias Lösche
Experimental Biophysics

Professor of Physics, Professor of Biomedical Engineering, NIST Associate

PhD: Techn. University of Munich, Germany (1986)

at CMU since 2005

412-268-2735 / mail
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  • Lipid bilayers
  • Protein-membrane interactions in disease
  • Neutron scattering
John F. Nagle
Experimental Biophysics, Theory

Professor of Physics, Professor of Biological Sciences

PhD: Yale (1965)

at CMU since 1967

412-268-2764 / mail
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  • Bilayer structure
  • Membrane elasticity
  • Molecular dynamics of bilayers
Robert H. Swendsen
Molecular Simulations

Professor of Physics

PhD: University of Pennsylvania (1971)

at CMU since 1984

412-268-5211 / mail
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  • Algorithms for exploration of computer-generated data
Michael Widom
Theoretical Biophysics

Professor of Physics

PhD: University of Chicago (1983)

at CMU since 1985

412-268-7645 / mail
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  • Structure and function of RNA
  • Mechanical properties of viral capsids
 
 

undergraduate students involved in research

  • Joseph Albert
  • Aditya Das
  • Kaushik Dayal
  • Kelsey Hallinin
  • F. Andrew Ray
  • Anand Sastry
  • Ramankur Sharma
  • Karpur Shukla
  • Greg Smith

current graduate students

  • Kiyotake Akabori
  • Marilia Barros
  • David Bauer
  • Patrick Diggins
  • Rebecca Eells
  • Krista Freeman
  • Qin Gao
  • Robert Haussman
  • Mingyang Hu
  • Michael Jablin

... grad students (continued)

  • Brian Josey
  • Amsul Khanal
  • Muwen Kong
  • Zachary McDargh
  • Udom Sae-Ueng
  • Amy Stetten
  • Nora Swisher
  • Bradley Treece
  • Swati Venkat
  • Ying Zhang

Research scientists and post-doctoral research fellows

  • Hirsh Nanda
  • Venky Krishnamani
 

 

Lab Websites or departmental pages

Deserno (theory/sim)

Evilevitch (exp)

Garoff (exp)

Lösche/Heinrich (exp)

Mandal (exp)

Nagle (exp/theory)

Swendsen (simulation)

Tristram-Nagle (exp)

Widom (theory)

related links

Prospective Graduate Students

Positions to fill

Physics Department

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