Margaret GardelMargaret Gardel (homepage) (cv)
Ph.D. Physics,
Harvard University, 2004

Department of Physics,
James Franck Institute &
Institute for Biophysical Dynamics

email: gardel_[at]

Research Scientist

Yvonne BeckhamYvonne Beckham
Ph.D. Developmental Biology,
University of Toronto, 2003

Molecular Biology Godsend, Actin Cross-linking Proteins, Gene Expression
email: ybeckham_[at]



Bob Harmon Bob Harmon
Ph.D., Biological Sciences,
Northwestern University, 2013

Intercellular Mechanical Coupling
and Tissue Architecture

email: rharmon_[at]

Jon Winkelman Jon Winkelman
Ph.D., Cell & Molecular Biology,
University of Chicago, 2015

Cellular Mechanosensing
email: jdw1_[at]

Soumya Mukherjee Soumya Mukherjee
Ph.D., Biological Sciences,
University of Minnesota

email: soumyam_[at]

Jon Winkelman Mehdi Molaei
Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering,
Texas Tech University, 2015

Active fluids
email: mmolaei_[at]

Shailaja Shailaja Seetharaman
Ph.D., Cell and Developmental Biology,
Institut Pasteur and Université de Paris, 2020

Cell and tissue mechanics
email: shailaja_[at]

Graduate Students


Theresa Chmiel
Physics Department
B.A., Physics,
Kenyon College, 2017

Mechanics of Membrane Curvature
email: chmielt_[at]

Wen-Hung Chou
Graduate Program in Biophysics
B.S., Physics,
National Taiwan University, 2016

Regulation of Non-muscle Myosin Minifilament Assembly
email: whchou_[at]

John Devany
Physics Department
B.S., Physics,
University of California, Santa Barbara, 2016

Mechanics and Motility in Epithelial Tissues
email: jdevany_[at]

Margo MacDonald Margo MacDonald
Graduate Program in Biophysics
B.A., Physics & Biophysics; M.S., Physics
University of Pennsylvania, 2018

Neutrophil Extracellular Traps and Metastasis
email: margomac_[at]

Steven Redford Steven Redford
Graduate Program in Biophysics
B.S., Chemical Biology,
University of California, Berkeley 2016

Active Actin Materials
email: redford_[at]

Danielle Scheff Danielle Scheff
Physics Department
B.A., Physics,
Clark University, 2015

Dynamics of Crosslinked Actin Networks
email: dscheff_[at]

Ayanna_Matthews Ayanna Matthews
Physics Department
A.B., Physics,
Princeton University, 2020

Cell Mechanics in Epithelial Tissue
email: matthewsa_[at]

Brian Brian
University Program
Methodologies for Disrupting Scientific Paradigms, The Vault



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Position in group

Current position

Aratyn-Schaus, Yvonne

Postdoc, 2007-2010

Product Development Scientist
Beam Therapeutics Inc.

Banerjee, Shiladitya

Postdoc, 2013-2016

Assistant Professor
Department of Physics
Carnegie Mellon University

Caswell, Thomas

Graduate Student, 2007-2013

Assistant Computational Scientist
Photon Science Directorate
Brookhaven National Laboratory

Cavanaugh, Kate

Graduate Student, 2016-2020

California Institute of Technology

Falzone, Tobias

Graduate Student, 2008-2012

Real Estate Investor
Business Owner:
Symphony Duck Music

Feiger, Zach

Technician, 2007-2010

Brandeis University

Fessenden, Tim

Graduate Student, 2010-2017

Spranger Lab
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Harland, Chris

Postdoc, 2010-2012

Senior Data Scientist

Hissa, Barbara

Postdoc, 2013-2018

Scientific Editor
Beilstein Journal of Nanotechnology.

Hsuing, Eric

Summers 2008,2009


Kelso, Chris

Spring 2008, Course PH335


Kim, TaeYoon

Postdoc, 2011-2013

Assistant Professor
Biomedical Engineering
Purdue University

Kumar, Nitin

Postdoc, 2015-2019

Assistant Professor
IIT Bombay

Lenz, Martin

Postdoc, 2009-2012

CNRS Researcher
LPTMS, CNRS & U. Paris-Sud, France

London, Nitobe

Postdoc, 2017-2018

LSRF Research Associate
Wellcome Center for Cell Biology
University of Edinburgh

Majumdar, Sayantan

Postdoc, 2013-2017

Associate Professor
Soft Condensed Matter
Raman Research Institute

Maruthamuthu, Venkat

Postdoc, 2009-2014

Assistant Professor
Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering
Old Dominion University

McCall, Patrick

Graduate Student, 2010-2017

Hyman and Brugues Groups
Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics

Morone, Uri

Summer 2009, REU Summer Student


Murrell, Michael

Postdoc, 2009-2013

Assistant Professor
Biomedical Engineering
Yale University

Noaz, Moshe

Postdoc, 2010-2011


Norstrom, Melanie

Postdoc, 2009-2012

Regulatory Affairs Manager
Clinical Research Support Office
University of Chicago

Oakes, Patrick

Postdoc, 2009-2016

Assistant Professor
Stritch School of Medicine
Cell and Molecular Physiology
Loyola University Chicago

Pathak, Shivani

Summer 2009, REU Summer Student


Ramirez-San Juan, Guillermina

Graduate Student, 2011-2017

Assistant Professor of Biology
Brandeis University

Schumann, Erik

Graduate Student, 2015-2020

Odom Group
Northwestern University

Sellon, Jon

2007-2010, Undergraduate Researcher

Graduate Student
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Stam, Samantha

Graduate Student, 2010-2017

Nunnari Lab
University of California Davis

Stricker, Jonathan

Graduate Student, 2008-2013

Research Associate

Thoresen, Todd

Postdoc, 2008-2013


Tramm, Nora

Spring 2009, Course PH335

Graduate Student

Uricchio, Lawrence

2008-2009, Biophysics Program


Weirich, Kim

Postdoc, 2013-2018

Assistant Professor
Materials Science and Engineering
Clemson University

Winter, Steve

Graduate Student, 2009-2013

Medical Resident, Radiology
University of Utah in Salt Lake