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 and Schoetz groups) and in cell cultures on interesting substrates (with the Henderson 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. 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.

Contact Information

Mailing address:
Office 201 Physics Bldg
Department of Physics
Syracuse University
Syracuse, NY 13244 USA

Manning CV

Phone: 315.443.3920
Fax: 315.443.9103
Email: mmanning@syr.edu

IGERT Program

Graduate Fellowship opportunities with:

Syracuse University Department of Physics

The Soft Interfaces Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship (IGERT) focuses on research on soft and biological interfaces and on the interaction between soft and hard materials. The research is broadly organized into three areas: (i) biological membranes in vitro and in vivo, (ii) biomaterials interfaces, and (iii) nanostructured interfaces. These areas are all central to modern materials science and engineering, both for their fundamental interest and their potential for technological and medical applications. The IGERT Fellows will have opportunities to be engaged in theoretical and experimental research projects within cross-disciplinary teams of scientists and engineers.