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PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR

Lisa Manning
Kenan Professor of Physics
Director, BioInspired Institute
Email: mmanning (at) syr (dot) edu
Office: Physics Building, Room 223
Office phone: 315.443.3920
Fax: 315.443.9103
Mailing address: Office 201 Physics Bldg
Department of Physics
Syracuse University
Syracuse, NY 13244 USA
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POSTDOCTORAL RESEARCHERS

Ojan K Damavandi

Email:
okdamava {at} syr {dot} edu
Office: Physics Building, Room 229D

 

 

 

Amanda Parker

Email: aparke05 {at} syr {dot} edu
Office: Physics Building, Room 229D
Joint postdoctoral associate with Jen Schwarz and Cristina Marchetti

 

 


Sudeshna Roy

Email:
sroy11 {at} syr {dot} edu
Office: Physics Building, Room 229D

 

 

 

Paula C. Sanematsu

Email: pcsanema {at} syr {dot} edu
Office: Physics Building, Room 229F

 

 

 

Varda Hagh

Email: vardahagh {at} uchicago.edu
Joint postdoctoral associate with Eric Corwin (U. Oregon) and Sid Nagel (U. Chicago) — located in Eugene, Oregon

 

 

 

David Richard

Email: d.richard {at} uva.nl
Joint postdoctoral associate with Edan Lerner (Amsterdam) — located in Amsterdam, NL

 

 

GRADUATE STUDENTS

Elizabeth Lawson-Keister
Email:
elawsonk {at} syr {dot} edu
Office:
Physics Building, Room 249

 

 

 

Julia Giannini
Email:
jagianni {at} syr {dot} edu
Office:
Physics Building, Room 247

 

 

 

Preeti Sahu
Email: prsahu {at} syr {dot} edu
Office: Physics Building, Room 259
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Ethan Stanifer
Email:
emstanif{at} syr {dot} edu
Office:
Physics Building, Room 247

 

 

 

ALUMNI

Gonca Erdemci-Tandogan
Email: 
gerdemci {at} syr {dot} edu
Previous position:
Postdoctoral associate, SU
Current position:
Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Toronto

 

Daniel Sussman
Email: 
dmsussma {at} syr {dot} edu
Previous position:
Postdoctoral associate, SU
Current position:
Assistant Professor of Physics, Emory University

 

Peter Morse
Email: peter.k.morse {at} gmail {dot} com
Previous position: Postdoctoral associate, SU
Current position: Postdoctoral associate, Duke University

 

Dapeng “Max” Bi
Email: bdpmax {at} gmail {dot} com
Previous: Postdoctoral fellow in the Manning group and with the Syracuse Soft Matter Program
Current:  Assistant professor, Northeastern
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Kassidy Lundy
Previous: Undergraduate researcher in the Manning group.
Current: Currently a graduate student in the physics program at Brandeis University

 

Giuseppe Passucci
Previous: Graduate researcher in the Manning group. Ph. D. Spring 2018
Current: Systems Engineer at SRC in Syracuse, New York

 

Sven Wijtmans
Previous:
Graduate researcher in the Manning group. Ph. D Summer 2017.
Current: Electrical Engineer/ Software Systems Analyst. at Trak Engineering, Inc. in Tallahassee, Florida

 

Michael Czajkowski
Previous:
Graduate research assistant in Manning and Marchetti groups. Ph. D. Summer 2018.
Current: Postdoctoral associate with Zeb Rocklin at Georgia Tech
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Matthias Merkel
Previous: postdoctoral researcher 2015-2018
Current: Junior group leader, Centurti and Center for Theoretical Physics, Marseilles
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GROUP PHOTOS

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Recent Posts

Manning research group: BlackLivesMatter

As a research lab, we have taken time away from work for #shutdownSTEM and Juneteenth reflect on how we can actively promote anti-racism. We must start by acknowledging that BlackLivesMatter and that systemic racism negatively impacts people of color in many ways, including raising significant barriers that impede them as they perform scientific research and progress in academia.  We love doing science, and all people deserve that thrill of discovery. How many great scientists are we missing because systemic racism blocked them from that path?Moreover, research demonstrates that science and engineering are better when science is more diverse: https://www.pnas.org/content/101/46/16385 . And there are plenty of examples of times when science and technology has failed us because the scientists/designers were not diverse: https://reporter.rit.edu/tech/bigotry-encoded-racial-bias-technology .Given this, we must take active steps to make our research group and society more inclusive, and very specific more inclusive of Black and Brown students and scientists. Small steps include expanding our work on partnerships between Minority Serving Institutions and Primarily White Institutions, contributing to the Physics Department’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee, and advocating for changes to GRE and other departmental testing requirements. We can ensure that the speakers we invite to give seminars are diverse, and we can participate in mentoring and outreach programs.  We can engage in public policy debates as private citizens. This is a process, so we are still engaged in thinking about changes we can make to improve. Please stay tuned.

  1. Manuscript on rigidity transitions in anisotropic tissues and fruit fly convergent extension appears in PNAS Leave a reply
  2. Manuscript describing two kinds of nonlinear behavior in jammed particulate matter appears in PRR! Leave a reply
  3. Manuscript about microtubule bridges in formation of Kupffer’s vesicle, spearheaded by Hehnly lab, appears in Nature Communications. Leave a reply
  4. Manuscript on small-scale demixing in confluent biological tissues appears in Soft Matter Leave a reply
  5. Manuscript on non-linear response of ordered biological tissues appears in Soft Matter Leave a reply
  6. Manuscript on the role of cell divisions in confluent tissue fluidization appears in Soft Matter Leave a reply
  7. Julia Giannini and Ethan Stanifer Awarded BioInspired Institute Poster Session Prizes Leave a reply
  8. Manning named 2019 APS Fellow Leave a reply
  9. Manning receives “Emerging Leader” award from UCSB Leave a reply