Students

Below are the Physics Department PhD students working in biophysics. Students from other Departments and graduate programs are welcome to take part in PLS activities (alumni of program are listed at bottom of page).

Class entering 2017

William Bloxham
Ming Guo
Joe Scherrer
Dominic Yurk (deferred for a year)

Class entering 2016

Choongman Lee
Jinghui Liu
Junang Li
Jeremy Owen

Class entering 2015

Adam Jermyn (deferred for a Marshall Fellowship)
Pearson Miller (Dunkel Lab)
Melis Tekant (Fakhri Lab)

Class entering 2014

Clare Abreu (Gore Lab)
Martin Falk (Brenner lab)
Yoon Jung (Fakhri Lab)
Jean-Benoit Lalanne (Li lab)
Sam Rodriques (Boyden lab)
Tzer-han Tan (Fakhri Lab)

Class entering 2013

Owen Andrews (Cisse Lab)
Saurabh Gandhi (Gore Lab)
Alex Bacanu (Fakhri Lab)

Class entering 2012

David Feldman (Blainey Lab)
Joon Ho Kang (Manalis Lab)
Robert Marsland (England Lab)
James Pelletier (Gershenfeld Lab and Fakhri Lab)

Class entering 2011 and earlier

Arolyn Conwill (Gore Lab)
Anton Goloborodko (Mirny Lab)
Takuma Inoue (Cisse Lab)

Alumni

Below is an incomplete list of alumni from the MIT Physics PhD program whose dissertation was in biophysics or soft matter (or who later switched into these fields). Please email Kerry (kerryf@mit.edu) if you would like to be added to this list!

  • Murat Acar (PhD ’07 with Alex van Oudenaarden) is a Professor in the Department of Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology at Yale University.
  • Tanya Artemova (PhD ’15 with Jeff Gore) is now an analyst with Morgan Stanley in New York.
  • Jeff Chabot (PhD ’05 with Alex van Oudenaarden) is in the Dept of Systems Biology at Pfizer.
  • Jeffrey Chuang (PhD ’01 with Kardar, Tanaka, and Grosberg) is a Professor in the Department of Biology at Boston College
  • Lei Dai (PhD ’14 with Gore) is now a Jane Coffins Child Postdoc at UCLA.
  • Raissa D’Souza (PhD ’99 with Mehran Kardar) is Professor of Computer Science at UC Davis.
  • Deniz Ertas (PhD ’95 with Mehran Kardar) is a Senior Research Associate at ExxonMobil Research and Engineering.
  • Terence Hwa (PhD ’90 with Mehran Kardar) is Professor of Physics and Molecular Biology at UCSD.
  • Maxim Imakaev (PhD ’15 with Leonid Mirny) is a postdoc at Harvard Medical School.
  • Dong hyun Kim (PhD ’12 with Alexander van Oudenaarden) works at Samsung in Seoul, Korea.
  • Andrej Kosmrlj (PhD ’11 with Chakraborty and Kardar) is a Postdoctoral researcher with David Nelson at Harvard University
  • Hao Li (PhD ’92 with Mehran Kardar and K. Huang) is a Professor of Biochemistry and Biophysics at UCSF.
  • Ernesto Medina Dagger (PhD ’91 with Mehran Kardar) is a Researchers in Physics at IVIC.
  • Jerome “Jay” Mettetal (PhD ’08 with Alexander van Oudenaarden) works at AstraZeneca.
  • Sam Ocko (PhD ’15 with Mahadevan at Harvard) is now a postdoctoral fellow at Stanford.
  • Michael O’Kelly (PhD ’07 with Alex van Oudenaarden) is Founder of HighlightCam, Inc.
  • Ertugrul Ozbudak (PhD ’05 with Alex van Oudenaarden) is a Professor in the Dept of Genetics at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York.
  • Vijay Pande (PhD with Toyoichi Tanaka) is a Professor of Chemistry and Applied Physics at Stanford University.
  • Bernardo Pando (PhD ’10 with Alex van Oudenaarden) is working at Morgan Stanley in New York.
  • Nikolai Perunov (PhD’ 15 with Jeremy England) is working at Goldman Sachs.
  • Juan Pedraza (PhD ’05 with Alex van Oudenaarden) is Professor of Physics at Universidad de los Andes, Bogota.
  • Sahand Jamal Rahi (PhD ’10 with Kardar and Jaffe) is a Postdoctoral Fellow at Rockefeller University in New York City.
  • Apratim Sahay (PhD ’15 with Alex van Oudenaarden) is an environmental consultant in Boston.
  • Lawrence Saul (PhD ’94 with Mehran Kardar) is a Professor of Computer and Information Science at UCSD.
  • Rava da Silveira (PhD ’94 with Mehran Kardar) is a Permanent Member of the Research Staff at Ecole Normale Superieure, Paris, France.
  • Michael Slutsky (PhD ’05 with Kardar and Mirny) is an Algorithm Engineer at Algotec Systems Ltd., Israel
  • Kimani Stancil, (PhD ’02 with Kardar, Tanaka, and Feld) is a Professor in the Department of Physics & Astronomy at Howard University.
  • Mukund Thattai (PhD ’04 with Alex van Oudenaarden) is a Professor at NCBS in Bangalore.
  • Jonathan Weissman (PhD with Peter Kim) is a Howard Hughes Medical Investigator and Professor of Cellular and Molecular Pharmacology at UCSF.
  • Joshua Weitz (PhD ’03 with Daniel Rothman) is an Associate Professor of Biology and Physics at Georgia Tech.
  • Qiong Yang (PhD ’10 with Alex van Oudenaarden) is a Professor of Biophysics at University of Michigan.
  • Mehdi Yahyanejad (PhD ’04 with Kardar and Burge) is a Co-founder Adoptic, Inc.
  • Hyun Youk (PhD ’10 with Alexander van Oudenaarden) is a Professor in the Bionanoscience Department at the Delft University of Technology in The Netherlands.
  • Eugene Yurtsev (PhD ’15 with Jeff Gore) is now a computational data analyst in Boston.
  • Yannan Zheng (PhD ’15 with Alexander van Oudenaarden) is a data scientist at AvantCredit in Chicago.