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

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


Research Scientist

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

Molecular Biology Godsend, Actin Cross-linking Proteins, Gene Expression



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

Intercellular Mechanical Coupling
and Tissue Architecture


Barbara Hissa Barbara Hissa
Ph.D., Cell Biology,
Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, 2013

Role of cholesterol in organizing
actin cytoskeleton


Nitin Kumar Nitin Kumar
Ph.D., Physics,
Indian Institute of Science, 2015

Non-equilibrium dynamics
of actomyosin networks


Sayantan Majumdar Sayantan Majumdar
Ph.D., Physics,
Indian Institute of Science, 2013

Local and Global Dynamics of
Driven Biopolymer Networks


Kim Weirich Kim Weirich
Ph.D., Biomolecular Science & Engineering,
University of California, Santa Barbara, 2012

Influence of architecture on active bioplymer networks

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

Cellular Mechanosensing

Graduate Students


Kate Cavanaugh
Development, Regeneration, and Stem Cell Biology
B.S., Developmental Biology,
Northwestern University

Mechanics of Neural Crest Cell Migration

Tim Fessenden
Cancer Biology
B.S., Cell & Molecular Biology,
University of California, Santa Cruz

Cancer & Cell Migration

Patrick McCall Patrick McCall
Physics Department
B.S., Engineering Physics,
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2009

Stress Relaxation and Filament Turnover in Polymer Networks

Guillermina Ramirez-San Juan Guillermina Ramirez-San Juan
Biophysics Program
B.S., Physics,
Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, 2011

Mechanics of Migration and Morphogenesis

Erik Schaumann Erik Schaumann
Chemistry Department
B.S., Chemistry,
Santa Clara University, 2013

Force Transmission in Multicellular Colonies

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

Dynamics of Crosslinked Actin Networks

Samantha Stam Samantha Stam
Biophysics Program
B.S., Biochemistry,
Michigan Tech, 2010

Cell Contraction Theory




Lab photos





Position in group

Current position

Aratyn-Schaus, Yvonne

Postdoc, 2007-2010

Product Development Scientist

Banerjee, Shiladitya

Postdoc, 2013-2016

Junior Group Leader
Institute for Physics of Living Systems
University College London

Caswell, Thomas

Graduate Student, 2007-2013

Assistant Computational Scientist
Photon Science Directorate
Brookhaven National Laboratory

Falzone, Tobias

Graduate Student, 2008-2012

Rae Anderson Lab
University of San Diego

Feiger, Zach

Technician, 2007-2010

Graduate Student
Brandeis University

Harland, Chris

Postdoc, 2010-2012

Senior Data Scientist

Hsuing, Eric

Summers 2008,2009


Kelso, Chris

Spring 2008, Course PH335


Kim, TaeYoon

Postdoc, 2011-2013

Assistant Professor
Biomedical Engineering
Purdue University

Lenz, Martin

Postdoc, 2009-2012

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

Maruthamuthu, Venkat

Postdoc, 2009-2014

Assistant Professor
Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering
Old Dominion University

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
Physics & Astronomy
University of Rochester

Pathak, Shivani

Summer 2009, REU Summer Student


Sellon, Jon

2007-2010, Undergraduate Researcher

Graduate Student
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Stricker, Jonathan

Graduate Student, 2008-2013

Research Associate

Thoresen, Todd

Postdoc, 2008-2013


Tramm, Nora

Spring 2009, Course PH335

Graduate Student
Biron Lab - University of Chicago

Uricchio, Lawrence

2008-2009, Biophysics Program


Winter, Steve

Graduate Student, 2009-2013

Junior Consultant
ThoughtWorks Inc