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Eslam Abdelaleem

Email:       eslam.alaa.sabr.abdelaleem@emory.edu
Advisor:   Ilya Nemenman

Research Interests: I am interested in finding the underlying low dimensional representations of different biological systems, usually by means of neural networks.  Can we get some analytical insight about how we arrive at those results?  Can we actually learn and discover something new about different systems from these representations?


Ankita Ankita

Email:      ankita.ankita@emory.edu
Advisor:  Shashank Skekhar

Research Interests:  "I am interested in multicomponent regulation of actin dynamics i.e., how complex interplay between actin regulatory proteins and mechanical forces lead to emergent cellular actin dynamics."


Linnea Bavik

Email:      linnea.bavik@emory.edu
Advisor:  Daniel Weissman

Research Interests:  Altruism is ubiquitous in nature and arguably necessary for complex life, but the conditions that enable it to emerge remain unclear.  I am currently interested in identifying mechanisms that enable robust altruism.


Satya Spandana Boddu

Email:      satya.spandana.boddu@emory.edu
Advisor:  Nic Vega 

Research Interests:  I am interested in host-associated microbial ecology, specifically focused on microbiome network in a C. elegans model.  I want to understand how bacterial inter-species and host-species interactions act as building blocks to form these complex systems using bottom-up interaction data to build a mathematical model of the mcrobiome network inside the host.

Josuan Calderon

Email:      josuan.calderon@emory.educalderon-josuan
Advisor:   Gordon Berman

Research InterestsMy main topic of research is trying to build a  hierarchical model of dynamic brain activity grounded in ECoG and resting state MRI.  Successful completion of this project will establish a quantitative framework for studying the interaction of brain and behavior across length- and time-scales, grounded in the idea that a hierarchical structure of behavior is inextricably linked to a corresponding hierarchy in neural dynamics. I also want to study the influence between the time series that can be generated from coupled oscillators, more specifically what happens when the system reaches state high synchronization. Then, explore if neural data of similar characteristics could be mapped to one of these models and study in a similar manner.  


Dylan Collette

Email:     djcolle@emory.edu
Advisor:  Laura Finzi

Research Interests:I study the effects of macro molecular crowding on protein-mediated looping in DNA using tethered particle motion experiments. 


Alex Couturier

Email:      alexander.couturier@emory.edu
Advisor:  Connie Roth

Research Interests:  Studying novel material properties which could be useful in industrial applications.  I joined Connie Roth's lab in which I can explore this through research in nanoscale dynamics of multilayered polymer thin films.


Ketevan Danelia

Email:      ketevan.danelia@emory.edu
Advisor: 

Research Interests:I want to master Biophysics due to a vast amount of undisclosed topics about living organisms. Since we live in the era of big data I do believe that in purpose to discover long-standing and fascinating problems such as consciousness, cognition, microbial organization and so on we should analyze these data using the physics main approach: finding and describing the basic underlying reasons for events. I want to be one of those contributors who will find the golden margin between the “complexity of life and the simplicity of physical laws” and solve its knotty problems with fundamental principles.


Emma Dawson

Email:      emma.dawson@emory.edu
Advisor:  Minsu Kim

Research Interests:  I'm interested in understanding how physics drives complex collective behavior and pattern formation in bacterial colonies.


Luka Mate Devenicadevencia luka

Email:      luka.matej.devenica@emory.edu
Advisor:  Ajit Srivastava

Research Interests: "My research involves studying the optoelectronics of two-dimensional van-der-Waals materials. This field is exciting because we build devices from materials in the extreme limit - just one atom thick - and because these materials may find interesting applications in nanotechnology some day."


Cordell Donofriodonofrio-corey

Email:      cjdonof@emory.edu
Advisor:  Eric Weeks

Research Interests: "Main focus of research has been in simulations of glassy systems and crowd dynamics. Additional work has been conducted through the use of laser tweezers to manipulate colloidal glass formers."


Sahand Emamianemamian-sahand

Email:      sahand.emamian@emory.edu
Advisor:   Katherine Davis

Research Interests: My research interest is in using X-ray spectroscopic and crystallographic methods to better understand the structure and function health-relevant metalloenzymes.



Zachariah Germaingermain-zacharian

Email:       zachariah.germain@emory.edu
Advisor:   Jennifer Rieser

Research Interests: “My interest lies in biophysics, especially related to animal behavior.”


Dana Harveyharvery-dana

Email:       dana.clark.harvey@emory.edu
Advisor:   Justin Burton

Research Interests: I work as a soft matter physicist in the Burton Lab. My research focuses on using novel electrostatic measurement techniques with supportive simulations to characterize the fluid interfaces of Leidenfrost vapor layers and the particle interface of acoustically levitated charged particles.


Lee HernandezLee Zyrus Hernandez

Email:      lee.hernandez@emory.edu
Advisor:   Lauren Finzi

Research Interests: “My research interests are in single molecule approaches to biological phenomena. It is my hope that I can contribute to advances in medical science.”


Sabid Hossainhossain-sabid

Email:      sabid.hossain@emory.edu
Advisor:   Hayk Harutyunyan

Research Interests: "I am interested in experimental and theoretical Condensed Matter Physics."


Pablo Illingilling-pablo

Email:      pablo.eduardo.illing@emory.edu
Advisor:  Eric Weeks

Research Interests: My research of interest is currently highly polydisperse materials. I'm currently running simulations of compressed bubble arrays of varying polydispersity, and experiments of sheared polydisperse disks.


Sergei Ivanovivanov-sergei

Email:       sergei.vladimirovich.ivanov@emory.edu
Advisor:  Sergei Urazhdin

Research Interests: My research interest is in complex magnetic systems and magneto-optical effects in thin films.


Lakshmi Iyeriyer-lakshmi

Email:       lpullas@emory.edu
Advisor:   Luiz Santos

Research Interests: "I'm interested in studying the topological phases of matter that are characterized by the existence of non-trivial boundary states. My research focuses on studying the symmetry-protected surface states of topological insulators." 


Kanishk Jainjain-kanishk

Email:       kanishk.jain@emory.edu
Advisor:   Gordon Berman

Research Interests: I use tools from Physics, Mathematics and Deep Learning to measure and model the behavioral and neural dynamics of freely moving animals.


Tao Jinjin-tao

Email:       tao.jin2@emory.edu
Advisor:   Tianquan (Tim) Lian

Research Interests: I'm interested in studying light matter interaction, chirality induced spin-selective charge transfer using Ultrafast Spectroscopy.


 

Rajpreet Kaur

Email:       rajpreet.kaur@emory.edu
Advisor:   Gordon Berman

Research Interests:   I'm interested in studying animal behavior over long timescales using machine learning algorithms to construct dynamical models.


Chengling Lili-chengling

Email:      chengling.li@emory.edu
Advisor:  Daniel Sussman

Research Interests:  “I’m interested in computational biophysics.”

 


Wei Lili-wei

Email:      wei.li@emory.edu
Advisor:  Kurt Warncke

Research Interests:  "I am interested in protein dynamics, enzyme catalysis, solvent dynamics and general biophysics."


Weijie Lili-weijie

Email:      weijie.li@emory.edu
Advisor:  Ajit Srivastava

Research Interests:  "Interaction between excitons and electrons in van der Waals heterostructures."


Qihan Liu liu-qihan

Email:      qihan.liu@emory.edu
Advisor:  Daniel Weissman

Research Interests:  “Theoretical evolution that how mutations accumulation within population."


Szurek Mateuszszurek-mateusz

Email:      mateusz.szurek@emory.edu
Advisor:  Sergei Urazhdin

Research Interests:  I am mostly focused on condensed matter research and finding new physical phenomena in small systems. I focus on the use of nano-scale methods to observe extremely small systems.


David Meermeer-david

Email:      david.meer@emory.edu
Advisor:  Eric Weeks

Research Interests:  "I am interested in nonlinear dynamics, soft matter, and fluid mechanics. I am currently investigating Schlieren Imaging of an Acoustic Levitator."


James Merrillmerill-james

Email:      james.haley.merrill@emory.edu
Advisor:  Connie Roth

Research Interests:  "James is interested in the physics of polymer glasses near interfaces, including how chain structure and morphology at these interfaces affect material properties like the glass transition temperature.


Kavinda NissankaKavinda-Nissanka

Email:      kavinda.nissanka@emory.edu
Advisor:  Justin Burton

Research Interests:  I am interested in fluid dynamics of environmental systems. My current work is on viscous sedimentation of irregular particles, and the dynamics of ice mélange.

Tomilola Obadiya

Email:       tomilola.medetin.obadiya@emory.edu
Advisor:   Daniel Sussman

Research Interests: “Dynamics in disordered solids (e.g. biological and particulate glass, gels etc.) are known to be spatially and temporally heterogenous. Understanding the correlation between a particle's local structure and its dynamics in such systems, through machine learning tools, is my major research focus."


Katherine Overman

Email:      katherine.elizabeth.overman@emory.edu
Advisor:  Gordon Berman

Research Interests:  "I use data from fruit flies to measure and model behavior and how it changes across long time scales."


Charles Packardpackard-charles

Email:      charles.robert.packard@emory.edu
Advisor:  Daniel Sussman

Research Interests:  "I study active (living) matter frequently used to model biological systems. These systems exist far from equilibrium and exhibit novel physics in the collective motion of the  constituent active agents."


Waad Paliwalpaliwal-waad

Email:      waad.paliwal@emory.edu
Advisor:  Eric Weeks

Research Interests:  "I am interested in everything soft matter. I am currently studying colloidal gels which are solids suspended in a fluid. The intertwined phases results in very cool properties that have many applications." 


Jin Qianqian-jin

Email:      jin.qian@emory.edu
Advisor:  Laura Finzi

Research Interests:  I use single molecule techniques to study the mechanisms of bacterial transcription. In particular, I’m interested in investigating the mechanisms of DNA sequence induced pausing, roadblock induced pausing, and the effect of external factors, such as forces and transcription factors.

Mahajabin Rahman

Email:       mahajabin.rahman@emory.edu
Advisor:   Stefan Boettcher

Research InterestsI use statistical physics and computational methods to study how behaviors of disordered systems are encoded by features within their complex “energy landscapes”. Since such landscapes are representative of both the configuration space of glassy systems as well as parameter space in optimization problems, I also think about whether one can exploit the physics machinery of the former, to design more adaptive algorithms for navigating the latter.


Tharindu Rajasooriya

Email:      tharindu.rajasooriya@emory.edu
Advisor:  k.salaita@emory.edu

Research Interests:  My research interest is in material science. Particularly in utilizing the unique properties of biological materials such as nucleic acids and Cas-enzymes to synthesize novel polymeric materials. 


Calvin Riiskariiska-calvin

Email:       calvin.riiska@emory.edu
Advisor:   Jennifer Rieser

Research Interests:  My research interest is in material science. Particularly in utilizing the unique properties of biological materials such as nucleic acids and Cas-enzymes to synthesize novel polymeric materials. 


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Email:       robert.romans@emory.edu
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Email:       zhicheng.shu@emory.edu
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Research Interests:  I am interested in condensed matter physics in general:  Phases of mater characterized by symmetry breaking, topological invariants and topological orders.


Yuanbo Songsong-yuanbo

Email:       yuanbo.song@emory.edu
Advisor:   Minsu Kim

Research Interests:  I am interested in experimental biophysics. My current research is about using single molecule method to study the DNA structure.


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Email:       wesley.stine@emory.edu
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Enes SuyabatmazEnes Suyabatmaz

Email:       enes.suyabatmaz@emory.edu
Advisor:   Raphael Ribeiro

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Arabind Swainswain-arabind

Email:       arabind.swain@emory.edu
Advisor:   Ilya Nemenman

Research Interests:  I am interested in understanding when can Machine Leaning be used to find out relevant physical qualities in a problem especially those related a with lot of data and dimensions. Currently I am working on when can we find the relevant quantities of glassy dynamics using Support Vector Machine(SVM).     


Yuankai Tangtang-yuankai

Email:       yuankai.tang@emory.edu
Advisor:   Hayk Harutyunyan

Research Interests:  My research interest is about the light-and-matter interactions, especially the nonlinear generation of light based on plasmonic structures.


Xinyu Tiantian-xinyu

Email:       xinyu.tian@emory.edu
Advisor:   Hayk Harutyunyan

Research Interests:  “My research interest lies in the area of nanophotonics, especially the nonlinear properties and ultrafast dynamics of photonic systems.”


Ekramuddin Towsiftowsif-ekramuddin

Email:       ekramuddin.towsif@emory.edu
Advisor:   Shashank Shekhar

Research Interests:  "I'm interested in exploring phase transitions and critical points in materials/matter. Currently, I am working on nonconventional superconductors and developing a new theory to provide some insight on developing standard temperature pressure superconducting materials."

Jian Wang

Email:       jian.wang2@emory.edu
Advisor:   Luiz Santos

Research Interests: I am interested in understanding the interplay between topological phases and lattice degrees of freedom in 2D materials. 


Jing Michelle Wang

Email:      jing.wang@emory.edu
Advisor:  Justin Burton

Research Interests:  I've been working on hydrogels dynamic time-dependent frictional behavior as well as their interesting rheological properties by using a custom-built tribometer.  


Toler Webbwebb-toler

Email:      toler.webb@emory.edu
Advisor:  Daniel Sussman

Research Interests:  I’m interested in connecting my interest in complex, often chaotic, systems to the study of soft active matter. My hope is, through that connection, I can elucidate the patterns and mathematical structures underlying the natural world such that new predictions can be made.


Katie WhitcombKatie Whitcomb

Email:      katie.lynn.whitcomb@emory.edu
Advisor:  Kurt Warncke

Research Interests:  I am using EPR to study the dynamics of proteins identified as hallmarks neurodegenerative diseases.


Wentao Yuwentao-yu

Email:      wentao.yu@emory.edu
Advisor:  Justin Burton

Research Interests:  Applying machine learning to study the dynamics in Dusty Plasma. 


Zehui Zhaozhao-zehui

Email:      zehui.zhao@emory.edu
Advisor:  Ilya Nemenman

Research Interests:  My research interest is theoretical biophysics.