I am currently a postdoctoral fellow at the Center for Soft Matter Research (NYU) in the groups of P. Chaikin and D. Pine.
I am supported by the MRSEC Program of the National Science Foundation under Award Number DMR-0820341 and the Moore Foundation.
Fields of Interest
From motor proteins to bacterial suspensions, living systems constitute the prototypical example of active matter in which self-driven units convert an energy source into useful motion and work. This gives rise to a wealth of non-equilibrium effects, such as pattern formation in bacterial colonies, muscle contraction and directed transport in cells... The variety is striking and points towards the outstanding opportunities for studying and creating new phenomena in strongly driven systems once freed from the constraints of equilibrium.
My research focuses on the study the physics of active matter in synthetic colloidal systems. It raises fundamental questions in statistical mechanics as well as providing new tools and opportunities in material science and microfluidics. I propose to harness the out-of-equilibrium nature of synthetic active matter to ultimately obtain systems exhibiting novel and advanced functionalities.