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

Simon Merminod
Postdoctoral Research Associate

smerminod@brandeis.edu

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

Huang Fang
Graduate Research Assistant

fangh@brandeis.edu

Huang is a 3rd-year Ph.D. student using computer simulations and experiments to study colloidal phase transitions. He graduated from University of Science and Technology of China (USTC) in 2016, earning a B.S. in Optics and Optical Information. While at USTC, Huang worked on using a tensor-network representation to solve quantum 2D many-body spin systems.

Daichi Hayakawa (Rogers Lab; Brandeis University)

Daichi Hayakawa
Graduate Research Assistant

dhayakawa@brandeis.edu

Daichi is a 2nd-year Ph.D. student working on dynamic 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 coalescence between liquid droplets in the Sakai Lab.

Alex Hensley

Alex Hensley
Graduate Research Assistant

ahensley@brandeis.edu

Alex is 4th-year Ph.D. student studying the dynamics of colloidal phase transitions. He earned his undergraduate degree in Physics at Rochester Institute of Technology 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 (Rogers Lab; Brandeis University)

Janna Lowensohn
Graduate Research Assistant

jlowen@brandeis.edu

Janna is a 3rd-year Ph.D. student studying 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.


Hannah Clott

Hannah Clott
Undergraduate Research Assistant

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

Hannah is an undergraduate research assistant planning to major in Biological Physics and Physics. She is a member of Taekwondo Club and enjoys exercising and gardening in her free time.

Shira+Rosenberg

Shira Rosenberg
Undergraduate Research Assistant

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

Shira is a BS/MS biochemistry candidate minoring in politics. She is a member of the Academic Debate and Speech Society, a Community Advisor, and is an avid painter.

Alfred Yeung

Alfred Yeung
Undergraduate Research Assistant

al5565@brandeis.edu
Office: Abelson 225
Tel.: 781-736-2839

Alfred is an undergraduate research assistant majoring in Biological Physics. He is a member of the Brandeis Prosthesis Club and Brandeis General Tutoring. He enjoys reading and gaming in his free time. 

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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.
 


Collaborators

Bortolo Mognetti, University of Brussels, Statistical mechanics of multivalent interactions
Rees Garmann, Harvard University, RNA folding and unfolding
Guillaume Duclos, Brandeis University, Phase separation in driven systems
Mike Hagan, Brandeis University, Theory and computation of kinetic pathways to self-assembly
Grace Han, Brandeis University, Phase-change materials for energy applications


Alumni

Gabe Freiman, Summer Undergraduate Research Assistant, 2017; Now an undergraduate at Brandeis University
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
Josh Heller, Undergraduate Research Assistant, 2017-2018; Now a researcher in the High Energy group
Larry Luster, Summer Undergraduate Research Assistant, 2018; Now an undergraduate student at Hampton University
Guillermo Narvaez-Paliza, Undergraduate Research Assistant, 2016-2017; Now at TIBCO Software Inc.
Kess Ofunrein, Summer Undergraduate Research Assistant, 2017; Now an undergraduate at Hampton University
Michael Perlow, Undergraduate Research Assistant, 2016-2018; Now a PhD student at Carnegie Mellon
Gael Prado, Postdoctoral Associate, 2016; Now in France
James Sheehy, Graduate Research Assistant, 2017-2018; Now a PhD student in the Fraden Lab
Zach Trotz, Undergraduate Research Assistant, 2016; Now a scientist at MIT Lincoln Lab
Nathan Weber, Undergraduate Research Assistant, 2018-2019; Now an undergraduate student at Brandeis University
Guoxi Zhu, Undergraduate Research Assistant, 2018; Now a study-abroad undergraduate at University of Oxford


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