Faculty


 Vinothan N. Manoharan

    Email: vnm@seas.harvard.edu   

    Phone: (617) 495-3763

    Room: Lyman 329


Vinny is a professor of Chemical Engineering and Physics.  He earned his Ph.D in 2004 under the guidance of Prof. David Pine from the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he built materials with colloidal spheres. In 2005, he did postdoctoral research on the internal dynamics of foams with Prof. John Crocker at the University of Pennsylvania.

Administrative Assistant


 Barbara Drauschke

    Email: drauschk@physics.harvard.edu   

    Phone: (617) 495-4320

    Room: Jefferson 348

 

Lab Members


  Tom Dimiduk

    Email: tdimiduk@physics.harvard.edu   

    Phone: (617) 495-9894

    Room: McKay 530


Tom is a seventh year physics graduate student working on building a small, self contained holographic microscope for extended imaging of cells growing in a cell culture chamber.  He received his B.S. in Engineering Physics in 2008 from Cornell University,  where he worked with Prof. Warren Zipfel on applications of Femtosecond Laser Pulses to biological microscopy.
  Emily Gehrels

    Email: egehrels@seas.harvard.edu     

    Phone: (617) 495-9894

    Room: McKay 530

Emily is a third year applied physics graduate student studying the thermodynamics of DNA interactions for use in mediating colloidal self-assembly. She is interested in designing DNA sequences to allow for precise control of the binding strength and temperature dependence of these interactions. She received her B.S. in physics in 2012 from Carnegie Mellon University.https://sites.google.com/a/manoharan.deas.harvard.edu/www/people
 


  Aaron Goldfain  

    Email: agoldfain@seas.harvard.edu   

    Phone: (617) 495-9894

    Room: McKay 530

Aaron is a third year applied physics graduate student studying the close-range interactions of charged colloidal particles and fluid interfaces using holographic microscopy. He is also building a lens-less holographic microscope. He received his B.A. in physics and mathematics in 2012 from the University of Colorado at Boulder where he studied two-dimensional hydrodynamics using smectic liquid crystal films with Prof. Noel Clark.
  Viva R. Horowitz

    Email: viva@physics.harvard.edu   

    Phone: (617) 495-9894

    Room: McKay 530


Viva is a postdoctoral fellow in physics who is building a dynamic artificial cell from the bottom up. The aim is to understand cellular processes, particularly intracellular transport, at a physical level by building simple, well-controlled systems that mimic the functions of a cell. In collaboration with the artificial cells team, Viva has created a simple artificial cell using a bilayer phospholipid vesicle containing Janus swimmers as microscale motors. Previously, Viva has worked in the labs of David D. Awschalom, Oskar Painter, and Peter J. Collings. Viva earned her PhD at UC Santa Barbara, optically trapping nanoparticle diamonds and using the embedded nitrogen-vacancy centers as magnetic sensors in a fluidic environment. Her undergraduate research focused on optically characterizing a lyotropic chromonic liquid crystal.
  Yoav Lahini

    Email: lahini@physics.harvard.edu   

    Phone: (617) 495-9894

    Room: McKay 530


Yoav is working on measuring the dynamics of self-assembly of single viral capsids, as well as the complex dynamics of nanoparticles in confined geometries. He is a Pappalardo Fellow at MIT and a visiting scholar at Harvard. Yoav earned his PhD at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel, working with professor Yaron Silberberg on nonlinear and quantum optics of disordered media.
  Sofia Magkiriadou

    Email: sofia@physics.harvard.edu   

    Phone: (617) 495-9894

    Room: McKay 530


Sofia is an eighth year physics graduate student studying the self-assembly of amorphous colloidal photonic materials. She is interested in understanding how bandgaps arise in structures with very little or no periodicity and she wants to use this knowledge to make colorful particles with no dyes. Sofia received her B.S. in physics in 2007 from Yale University, where she studied non-linear quantum optics with Prof. Jack Harris.   
  Jin-Gyu Park
    
    Email:
jgpark@seas.harvard.edu    

    Phone: (617) 495-9894

    Room: McKay 530


Jin-Gyu is a research associate studying the self-assembly of colloidal particles for photonic applications. He received his Ph.D in chemical engineering in 2002 from Hanyang University with Prof. Kyung-Do Suh on polymer-metal hybrid colloidal particles. He worked at Samsung Cheil Industries as a project manager on development of functional materials for displays and printing applications from 2002-2007. He did postdoctoral research on the synthesis and self-assembly of nonspherical colloids from 2008-2010 with Prof. Eric R. Dufresne at Yale University.
     

  Becca Perry

    Email: rperry@seas.harvard.edu   

    Phone: (617) 495-9894

    Room: McKay 530


Becca is a sixth year graduate student studying colloidal interactions.  She investigates the behavior of pairs of particles using digital holographic microscopy and fitting routines written in Python.  Becca's research interests include foams, the Saffman-Taylor instability, and using capillary forces for self-assembly.  Before coming to Harvard, she worked at Cabot Corporation studying the bulk viscoelastic properties of colloidal systems. She received her BA in physics from Bowdoin College in 2007.
 
  W. Ben Rogers

    Email: wrogers@seas.harvard.edu   

    Phone: (617) 495-9894

    Room: McKay 530


Ben is a postdoctoral researcher studying scattering from emulsions and suspensions, interactions between particles and fluid-fluid interfaces, and self-assembly.  He received his Ph.D in chemical and biomolecular engineering in 2012 from the University of Pennsylvania, where he worked with Prof. John Crocker on measuring colloidal interactions with line optical tweezers.
 

  Nick Schade

    Email: nschade@fas.harvard.edu   

    Phone: (617) 495-9894

    Room: McKay 530


Nick is a sixth year graduate student in physics studying the self-assembly and optical properties of metal colloidal clusters.  His research interests include metamaterial synthesis and characterization, as well as DNA as a self-assembly tool.  He also participates in the Harvard Graduate Consortium on Energy and Environment and is the Physics Departmental Teaching Fellow.  Before coming to Harvard, Nick worked on rapid prototype development and systems analysis at MIT Lincoln Laboratory and taught high school physics.  He received his Sc.B. in mathematical physics from Brown University in 2005 and his A.M. in physics from Harvard University in 2011. 


    Anna Wang

      Email: annawang@seas.harvard.edu   

      Phone: (617) 495-9894

      Room: McKay 530


Anna is a fifth year applied physics graduate student studying particle-interface interactions and self-assembly of particles with holography. She received her BSc(Adv) in Physics from the University of Sydney, where she did her Honours thesis with Dr. Maryanne Large in fibre sensors and metamaterials using microstructured polymer fibres.

Former Members


 Steven Ahn

 steven.ahn@post.harvard.edu Formerly an undergraduate researcher, currently a graduate student in Materials Science and Engineering at Brown University.

 Dina Aronzon

 dina.aron@gmail.com Formerly a graduate researcher, currently a consultant at Harris Miller Miller & Hanson
 Jennifer Caldwell

 jenni_lynn07@yahoo.com   
Formerly an REU student, currently an undergraduate at the University of Arkansas, Pine Bluff
 Justin Caram  justin.caram@post.harvard.edu Formerly an undergraduate researcher, currently a chemistry graduate student at the University of Chicago
 Jesse W. Collins

 jessc@alum.mit.edu Formerly a graduate student, now an entrepreneur.
 Madeleine Corbett

 mcorbett@seas.harvard.edu Currently a graduate student in the Walsworth group at the Harvard Center for Astrophysics.
 Jesse Day

 jesse.day@yale.edu Formerly an REU student, currently an undergraduate at Yale University, soon in be in Beijing
 Laura A. DeLorenzo

 laura.a.delorenzo@dartmouth.edu Formerly an REU student, currently an undergraduate at Dartmouth College
 Jon Fan

 fanmachine@gmail.com
Formerly a graduate student and postdoctoral researcher, co-advised by Prof. Federico Capasso; currently Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering at Stanford University.
 Jerome Fung
 jerome.fung@gmail.comFormerly a graduate student researcher; currently a postdoctoral fellow in the Zvonimir Dogic group at Brandeis University.

 Elizabeth Jerison

 elizabeth.jerison@yale.edu Formerly an REU student, currently a physics graduate student at Harvard University
 David Kaz

 kazmatic@gmail.com
Formerly a graduate student, currently a postdoctoral researcher at UC Berkeley.  
 Reza Keshavarzi

 rkeshavarzi67@gmail.com
Formerly a visiting graduate student, currently a PhD student at the University of New South Wales.  
 Anna Klales

 aklales@gmail.com Formerly an REU student while an undergraduate at Haverford College, now a physics graduate student at Harvard University
 Daniel Kunz

 dankunz1860@gmail.com Formerly a postdoctoral researcher, now a laboratory manager at BASF.
 Kosta Ladavac    
 kosta000@alumni.uchicago.edu
Formerly a postdoctoral researcher, currently a senior scientist at E-Ink Corporation.
 Manhee Lee

 daybreak25@gmail.com Formerly a postdoctoral researcher, currently a researcher at Samsung Electronics.
 Sorell S. Massenburg

 massenb2@fas.harvard.edu Formerly an REU student, currently an applied physics graduate student in the Weitzlab at Harvard University
 Guangnan Meng     gnmeng at gmail dot com  Formerly a postdoctoral fellow, currently at ULVAC technologies.

 Ryan McGorty

 ryan.mcgorty@ucsf.edu Formerly a graduate student, currently a postdoctoral researcher at the University of California, San Fransisco, in the lab of Prof. Bo Huang.
 Jelyn Moore

 smartchild15@yahoo.com Formerly an REU student, currently an undergraduate at Hampton University
 Adeline Perro

 Adeline.Perro-Marre@ipb.fr Formerly a postdoctorate researcher, currently at the Institut Polytechnique de Bordeaux , France (Adeline's website)
 Michael Semone

 msemone10@college.harvard.edu Formerly an undergraduate researcher, currently an undergraduate at Harvard University
 Yonas Yemane
 yyemane@post.harvard.edu Formerly an undergraduate researcher, currently a financial trading analyst at Credit Suisse, soon to be an applied physics graduate student at Stanford University.
 Kisun Yoon
 kyoon@fas.harvard.edu Formerly a graduate researcher, currently an applied physics graduate student in the Weitzlab at Harvard University.


 

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