The Manning group uses theoretical and computational tools to understand collective motion in disordered, non-equilibrium “materials”, and we take a very broad view of the word “materials”. For example, we collaborate closely with experimental groups to study how individual cells interact with each other to generate emergent macroscopic properties in developmental biology systems (with the Amack group) and in cell cultures (with Henderson, Fredberg, Gardel, and Turner groups) and in primary tumor samples (with the Kaes group). We are also studying flow and plastic deformation in jammed and glassy non-biological solids, by identifying and analyzing the dynamics of “soft spots” or flow defects in these materials, and characterizing the low-frequency vibrational spectrum. Examples of glassy non-biological solids include bulk metallic glasses, emulsions, foams, granular materials, and many other materials that are important for industry and geology. By developing macroscopic equations to describe these materials, we can better predict friction and failure in these solids.
See the Research section for more details.
Office 201 Physics Bldg
Department of Physics
Syracuse, NY 13244 USA