Prof. Eric Dufresne - Yale University

Our Group

Prof. Eric R. Dufresne

Eric is an Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science and Director of the Center for Engineering Innovation and Design.  He  has joint appointments in Chemical Engineering, Physics, Applied Physics and Cell Biology.  Eric is a 1996 graduate of Yale College and earned his Ph.D with David Grier in the Physics department at the University of Chicago in 2000.  In the fall of 2000, Eric and David helped to found Arryx, a company dedicated to developing and applying holographic optical tweezers.  In 2001-2002, Eric consulted in the Washington, DC office of McKinsey & Co.  From 2002-2004, Eric worked as a post-doctoral fellow with Dave Weitz in the Division of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Harvard University.
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Dr. Katharine Jensen

Kate grew up in New England and studied physics at Princeton (A.B.) and Harvard (Ph.D).   She is co-advised with Jan Schroers.  She is studying the deformation of amorphous materials.

Dr. Robert Style

Rob is from the UK and received his doctoral degree from the University of Cambridge.  His background is in applied mathematics.   He is studying wetting and adhesion on soft surfaces.
Rostislav Boltyanskiy

Ross is a Ph.D. student in Physics studying the mechanics of bacteria.  He is a 2009 graduate of the University of Chicago.  
Callen Hyland

Callen is a biology Ph.D. student advised by Paul Forscher.  She is from upstate New York and studies the mechanics of neurons.
Aaron Mertz

Aaron is a Ph.D. student in physics.  He earned a bachelor's degree in physics from Washington University in St. Louis and completed a master's degree in history of science, medicine, and technology at the University of Oxford on a Rhodes Scholarship.  He is researching the mechanics of tissues.  His studies are supported by a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship.  Aaron is co-advised by Valerie Horsley in Molecular Cellular and Developmental Biology.

Kathryn Rosowski

Katie is a Ph.D. student in MCD biology.  Before coming to Yale, Katie studied physics at Cornell and worked at the Harvard Stem Cell Institute.  She is primarily advised by Valerie Horsley in Molecular Cellular and Developmental Biology.  Katie studies mechanical factors influencing stem cell differentiation.

Raphael Sarfati

Raphael is a Ph.D. student in applied physics. He comes from Paris, where he graduated from the Ecole Polytechnique. He is currently studying the interactions of colloidal particles with lipid membranes..

Niveditha Samudrala

Nivi is a Ph.D. student in chemical engineering. She is from South India and earned her bachelors in chemical engineering from National Institute of Technology, Warangal in 2011. Prior to Yale, she conducted research in hard condensed matter physics at TU Munich and TIFR India. Currently, she studies phase transitions in colloids and self assembly of nanoparticles at fluid-fluid interfaces.
Anna von Berg

Anna is a physics graduate student from (southern) Germany. In 2010, she earned her Bachelor of Science in Physics at the LMU Munich. After one year of social work in Cotonou, Benin, she went back to LMU for her master's degree, which includes a one year research project. For this she decided to go to Yale, studying the optical manipulation of surface properties with a photosensitive surfactant.
Ariel Ekblaw

Ariel is a senior majoring in physics and math-philosopy.  She is studying cell sorting by differential adhesion.

Madeline Popelka

Maddy is physics major  from Door County, Wisconsin.  She is studying the mechanical failure of soft materials.

Former Lab Members

Dr. Vincent Germain - now at University of Lyon

Dr. Sunil Sainis - now at E*Ink

Dr. Marleen van der Veen - now at IMEC, Belgium
Dr. Wilfried Engl - now at School of Materials Science and Engineering, Singapore
Prof. Holger Kress (spring 2007 - spring 2010) - now at University of Bayreuth
Dr. Jingyu Park - now are Harvard
Prof. Chris MacMinn - now at Oxford
Dr. Aric Sanders - now at NIST Boulder
Dr. Sara Hashmi - now at Yale  Chemical Engineering
Dr. Jason W. Merrill - now at Desmos, Inc.
Dr. Alla Shundrovsky (fall 2007 - summer 2010)
Dr. JinGyu Park (fall 2007 - fall 2010) - now at Harvard University
Prof. Guy German (spring 2010 - fall 2012) - now at Binghamton University
Dr. Jason Forster -now at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab
Dr. Ye Xu - now at University of Pennsylvania
Dr. Cecile Mejean - now at St. Gobain
Aaron Barnet  '08 (summer 2005)
Stephen Chapin  '07 (summer 2005, fall 2006, spring 2007) - now at MIT ChE
Jacqueline Martinez '06 (fall 2005, spring 2006) - now at Oliver Wyman
Eleanor Millman '07 (fall 2005 - summer 2007) - now at Harvard Physics
Elise Novitski '08 (fall 2006 - summer 2008) - now  at Harvard Physics
Kristina Mois '06 (spring 2007) 
Madeleine Udell '09 (spring - summer 2008) - now at Stanford Applied Math
Elissa Dunn '09 (fall 2007 - fall 2008) - now at D. E. Shaw
Elizabeth Jerison '10 (spring 2008 - spring 2010) - now at Harvard Physics
Alexandra Beautyman '12 (summer 2009 -  spring 2010)
Henry Foote '12 (spring 2010 - summer 2011) - now at Duke
Lamtharn "Hanoi" Hantrakul '15 (summer 2012)
Yonglu Che (summer 2009- spring 2013) - now at Stanford

Our Colleagues

Some of our Collaborators at Yale

Soft Matter & Complex Fluids
Hui Cao - Applied Physics
Douglas Stone - Applied Physics
John  Wettlaufer - Geophysics

Raymond and Beverly Sackler Institute for Biological, Physical and Engineering Sciences
Paul Forscher - MCDB
Valerie Horsley - MCDB
Rick Prum - EEB
Lynne Regan - MB&B
Linda Bockenstedt - Rheumatology & Internal Medicine

Collaborators at other institutions

Ward Lopes - Williams College
Eric Furst - U. Delaware
Anne Grillet - Sandia National Labs

Center for Cell Analysis and Modeling - Universty of Connecticut Health Center

Collaborators in industry

Cabot Corporation
Unilever Corporation

Copyright Eric R. Dufresne, Yale University, 2009