Condensed and Living Matter Seminars

Upcoming Condensed and Living Matter Seminars



Condensed and Living Matter Seminar: Randomness, Complexity, and the Biological Frontier

Pankaj Mehta (University of Boston)
- David Rittenhouse Laboratory, A8

The towering successes of twentieth century theoretical physics were marked by two guiding principles: symmetry and energy functionals (reflecting equilibrium dynamics). Yet how we…



Condensed and Living Matter Seminar: Learning the shape of the immune and protein universe

Armita Nourmohammad (University of Washington)
- David Rittenhouse Laboratory, A8

The adaptive immune system consists of highly diverse B- and T-cell receptors, which can recognize a multitude of diverse pathogens. Immune recognition relies on molecular interactions between…



Condensed and Living Matter Seminar: TBA

Alex Lvovsky (University of Oxford)
- David Rittenhouse Laboratory, A8



Condensed and Living Matter Seminar: TBA

Ben Machta (Yale University)
- David Rittenhouse Laboratory, A8



Condensed and Living Matter Seminar: Topology, Spin and Orbital in DNA-type Chiral Quantum Materials

Binghai Yan (Weizmann Institute of Science)
- David Rittenhouse Laboratory, A8

In chemistry and biochemistry, chirality represents the structural asymmetry characterized by non-superimposable mirror images for a material like DNA. In physics, however, chirality commonly refers…

Past Condensed and Living Matter Seminars



Condensed and Living Matter Seminar: Non-reciprocal pattern formation

M. Cristina Marchetti (UC Santa Barbara)
- David Rittenhouse Laboratory, A8

Spatio-temporal patterns in nonlinear oscillatory and excitable media have been studied extensively in systems lacking conserved quantities. More recently, pattern formation of conserved fields has…



Condensed and Living Matter Seminar: Orientational Order in Biological Development - Superfluid Shrimp

Mark Bowick (Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics, UC Santa Barbara)
- David Rittenhouse Laboratory, A8

Morphogenesis, the process through which genes generate form, establishes tissue scale order as a template for constructing the complex shapes of the body plan. The extensive growth required to build…



Special Condensed & Living Matter Seminar: Mechanobiology in vivo and in 3D

Keng-hui Lin (Academia Sinica, Taiwan)
- David Rittenhouse Laboratory, 2N3

This talk will have two parts. The first part concerns the mechanical wave observed in the wound healing of zebrafish tailfin. Highly regenerative animals can regrow lost appendages and the rate of regrowth is…



Condensed and Living Matter Seminar: Topological Defects in Computational Meshing

David Palmer (Harvard University)
- David Rittenhouse Laboratory, A8

The topological structure of a hexahedral mesh is characterized by its singularities, which look like line disclinations in a crystal. In field-based meshing, one first computes a so-called octahedral…



Condensed and Living Matter Seminar: Magnetic imaging of domain walls and surface transition in antiferromagnetic topological insulators

Weida Wu (Rutgers University)
- David Rittenhouse Laboratory, A8

Layered antiferromagnets with topological band structure are promising platforms to host many interesting topological phenomena. Thus, it is imperative to visualize domains or…