People


W. Benjamin Rogers

W. Benjamin Rogers
Group leader

wrogers@brandeis.edu | Webpage | CV
Office: Abelson 221
Tel.: 781-736-2857;
Fax: 781-736-2915

Ben joined the Martin A. Fisher School of Physics at Brandeis University as an Assistant Professor in January 2016. His research program is focused on developing quantitative tools for understanding and controlling self-assembly at the nano- and micrometer scale. Before coming to Brandeis, Ben was a postdoctoral fellow in the Manoharan Lab within the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Harvard University, where he studied assembly and optical properties of colloidal suspensions. He received his Ph.D. in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania in 2012. With John Crocker, Ben used optical tweezers to study colloidal interactions and single-molecule kinetics. Ben graduated magna cum laude in 2005 from the University of Delaware, earning an Honors Bachelor of Chemical Engineering, with Distinction. 


Simon Merminod
Postdoctoral Research Associate

smerminod@brandeis.edu
Office: Abelson 225
Tel.: 781-736-2839

Simon is a postdoctoral associate in the Rogers Lab developing new methods for studying surface forces. He completed his Ph.D. in 2016 with Michael Berhanu and Eric Falcon at Paris Diderot University, France. Simon's Ph.D. research focused on self-organization of vibrated and magnetized granular particles. Simon also received a Master of Science Degree in Physics from Ecole Normale Superieure and Paris Diderot University, France, in 2013.


Huang Fang
Graduate Research Assistant

fangh@brandeis.edu
Office: Abelson 225
Tel.: 781-736-2839

Huang is a 2nd-year Ph.D. student using both computer simulations and experiments to study programmable self-assembly. He graduated from University of Science and Technology of China (USTC) in 2016, earning a Bachelor of Science in Optics and Optical Information. While at USTC, Huang worked on using a tensor-network representation to solve quantum 2D many-body spin systems. Now he is working to apply his experience in computer simulations to better understand phase behavior and self-organization in soft matter.

Daichi Hayakawa

dhayakawa@brandeis.edu
Office: Abelson 226
Tel.: 781-736-2839

Daichi is a 1st-year Ph.D. student working on colloidal self-assembly. He earned his undergraduate degree in Applied Physics at the University of Tokyo, where he studied the magnetic properties of thin metallic films with Dr. Chiba. Daichi also obtained his master’s degree in Applied Physics from the same institution, studying the dynamics of coalescing liquid droplets in the Sakai Lab.

Alex Hensley

Alex Hensley
Graduate Research Assistant

ahensley@brandeis.edu
Office: Abelson 225
Tel.: 781-736-2839
 

Alex is 3rd-year Ph.D. student studying colloidal phase transitions. He earned his undergraduate degree in Physics at Rochester Institute of Technology while investigating the evolution of sheared granular materials with Dr. Franklin. While not in the lab, Alex spends much of his time biking, cooking, and gaming. His favorite Super Smash Bros character is King Dedede, with whom he'll accept all challengers.

Janna Lowensohn
Graduate Research Assistant

jlowen@brandeis.edu
Office: Abelson 225
Tel.: 781-736-2839
 

Janna is a 2nd-year Ph.D. student working on membrane physics and self-assembly. She earned her undergraduate degree in Astronomy & Physics at Emory University, where she perfected an empirical force law for quasi 2-D emulsions in the Weeks Lab. Prior to coming to Brandeis, Janna worked as an independent researcher in the Burton Lab (also at Emory), studying drying and crack propagation in amorphous solids.

James Sheehy
Graduate Research Assistant

javinshee@brandeis.edu
Office: Abelson 225
Tel.: 781-736-2839

James is a 2nd-year Ph.D. student studying self-assembly of DNA-origami particles. He graduated from Case Western Reserve University, where he received a B.S. in Physics Cum Laude. While at Case, James studied and modeled information transfer in biological networks. 


Gabe Freiman
Undergraduate Research Assistant

gfreiman@brandeis.edu
Office: Abelson 226
Tel.: 781-736-2839

Josh Heller
Undergraduate Research Assistant

jhella@brandeis.edu
Office: Abelson 226
Tel.: 781-736-2839

Kess Ofunrein
Undergraduate Research Assistant

kess.ofunrein@yahoo.com
Office: Abelson 225
Tel.: 781-736-2839

Michael Perlow

Michael Perlow
Undergraduate Research Assistant

ncarbon@brandeis.edu
Office: Abelson 225
Tel.: 781-736-2839
 

Michael is an undergraduate research assistant majoring in Biological Physics at Brandeis. He is a member of the 3D Printing Prostheses Club and the treasurer of the Astronomy Club.

Shira Rosenberg
Undergraduate Research Assistant

srosen32@brandeis.edu
Office: Abelson 225
Tel.: 781-736-2839

Olivia Zou

Olivia Zou
Undergraduate Research Assistant

ozou549@brandeis.edu
Office: Abelson 225
Tel.: 781-736-2839
 

Olivia is an undergraduate research assistant majoring in Biological Physics and Mathematics with a minor in Classics. She is a member of the Students for Environmental Action Club and enjoys doing origami in her free time.


Alumni

Angelina Gallego, Summer Undergraduate Research Assistant, 2016; Now an undergraduate at Hampton University
Kyra Hamel, Undergraduate Research Assistant, 2016; Now a researcher in the Lovett Lab
Guillermo Narvaez-Paliza, Undergraduate Research Assistant, 2016-2017; Now an intern at TIBCO Software Inc.
Gael Prado, Postdoctoral Associate, 2016
Zach Trotz, Undergraduate Research Assistant, 2016; Now an intern at MIT Lincoln Lab


We are actively seeking motivated undergraduates, graduate students, and postdoctoral fellows interested in soft matter research. Candidates should contact Ben at wrogers@brandeis.edu.