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Andrew Spakowitz

Andrew Spakowitz

Professor of Chemical Engineering, of Materials Science and Engineering and, by courtesy, of Applied Physics
Theory and computation of biological processes and complex materials


Theory and Computation of Biological Processes and Complex Materials

The Spakowitz lab is engaged in projects that address fundamental chemical and physical phenomena underlying a range of biological processes and soft-material applications. Current research in our lab focuses on four main research themes: chromosomal organization and dynamics, protein self-assembly, polymer membranes, and charge transport in conducting polymers. These broad research areas offer complementary perspectives on chemical and physical processes, and we leverage this complementarity throughout our research. Our approach draws from a diverse range of theoretical and computational methods, including analytical theory of semiflexible polymers, polymer field theory, continuum elastic mechanics, Brownian dynamics simulation, equilibrium and dynamic Monte Carlo simulations, and analytical theory and numerical simulations of reaction-diffusion phenomena. A common thread in our work is the need to capture phenomena over many length and time scales, and our flexibility in research methodologies provides us with the critical tools to address these complex multidisciplinary problems.


Professor, Chemical Engineering
Professor, Materials Science and Engineering
Professor (By courtesy), Applied Physics
Member, Bio-X
Affiliate, Precourt Institute for Energy
Member, Institute for Computational and Mathematical Engineering (ICME)

Honors & Awards

Terman Fellow, Stanford University (2006-2009)
CAREER Award, NSF (2009)

Professional Education

PhD, California Institute of Technology (2004)

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