Principal Investigator

 

Prof. Seth Fraden

 

Professor of Physics

MRSEC Director

 

Email: fraden@brandeis.edu

Phone: (781) 736-2888

Fax: (781) 736-2915

 


Scientist


 

Dr. John Berezney 

Email: berezney@brandeis.edu

 

 


POST-DOCTORAL RESEARCHERS


Dr. Wei-Shao Wei

Project: DNA Origami

Email: wswei@brandeis.edu

 

Wei-Shao is a postdoctoral associate in the Fraden Lab. Current research focuses on characterizing the kinetics of self-limited assembly of DNA origami, quantifying their block-block interactions, and exploring potential applications such as encapsulation. He holds a B.S. in Physics at National Taiwan University and earned his Ph.D. in Physics at University of Pennsylvania working with Prof. Arjun Yodh. During his doctoral work, he studied assembly and self-shaping behavior of liquid crystals (LCs) in confined environments and characterized dynamic properties of LC-mediated colloidal crystals. In his free time, he enjoys traveling, photography, and sketching.

 

 


GRADUATE STUDENTS


 

Zahra Zarei

Project: Active nematics

Email: zahrazarei@brandeis.edu  

 

 


 

Jonah Paasche-Orlow

Project: DNA Origami

Email: jrpo@brandeis.edu 

 

 

Jonah is a PhD Candidate working on Virus-Trapping with DNA origami in collaboration with the Ivanovic Lab.  He graduated from Boston University's Kilachand Honors College in 2018 with a B.A. in Physics.  Jonah spends his free time practicing Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and relaxing with his loved ones in the Boston area.


 

Olivia Leland

Project: DNA Origami

Email: oleland@brandeis.edu 

 

Olivia is a doctoral student studying DNA origami self-assembly dynamics using dynamic and static light scattering techniques. She also characterizes the structure of DNA origami monomers using a combination of transmission electron microscopy and cryogenic electron microscopy. Olivia earned an A.S. in Chemistry from Santiago Canyon College in 2018 and a B.S. in Biophysics from UCLA in 2020. As a proud owner of over 250 books (as of 2021), you will often find her reading when she is not in lab.


 

Rupam Saha

Project: DNA Origami

Email: rupamsaha@brandeis.edu  

 

 

Rupam did his Bachelor in Physics from Scottish Church College affiliated to University of Calcutta and Master in Physics from University of Hyderabad. Currently, He is working on geometrically frustrated self assembly with the help of DNA origami. He is also the webmaster of Fraden Lab. Rupam loves mobile photography, exploring new places and does regular experiments with cooking.



RECENTLY GRADUATED STUDENTS

  • Dr. James Sheehy
  • Dr. Maria Eleni Moustaka
  • Dr. Ian Hunter
  • Dr. S. Ali Aghvami

LAB ALUMNI

  • Dr. Nesrin Senbil, Postdoc
  • Soshana Reich, Undergraduate student (2020-21)
  • Max Cui-Stein, Undergraduate student (2020-21)
  • Dr. Camille Girabawe, Grad Student (July 2011 - April 2017)
  • Dr. Achini Opathalage, Grad Student (June 2010 - October 2015)
  • Dr. Nate Tompkins, Grad Student (May 2010 - May 2015)
  • Dr. Ning Li, Grad Student (May 2009 - February 2015)
  • Dr. Sathish Akella, Grad student (June 2008 - August 2013)
  • Dr. Michael Heymann, Grad Student (June 2008 - August 2013)
  • Dr. Rafael A. Cabanas,Grad student (December 2008 - August 2013)
  • Ruoshi Li, Undergraduate student (2017 - 2019)
  • Fox Baudelaire, Undergraduate student (2019)
  • Janelle Mabrey, Undergraduate student (Summer 2019)
  • Aaron Jones, Undergraduate student (Summer 2019)
  • Dr. Mike Norton, Postdoc (2016 - 2019)
  • Chris Simonetti, Undergraduate student (2017 - 2019)
  • Dr. Baptiste Blanc, Postdoc (2016 - 2019)
  • Yanlin Li, Undergraduate student (2016 - 2018)
  • Youssef Fahmy, Undergraduate student (2016 - 2018)
  • Amanda Chisholm, Undergraduate student (2016 - 2017)
  • Blake Langesley, Undergraduate student (2016 - 2018)
  • Dr. Mohamed Amine Gharbi, Postdoc (2016 - 2017)
  • Dr. Achini Opathalage, Grad student and postdoc (2010 - 2017)
  • Rhiannon Flynn, UNC Wilmington, Undergraduate student (Summer 2017)
  • Anne Okrah, Hampton Undergraduate student (Summer 2017)
  • Dr. Nate Tompkins, Graduate student and Postdoctoral research fellow (May 2010 - July 2017)
  • Matt Cambria, Undergraduate student (January 2013 - May 2015)
  • Adam Wang, Undergraduate student (June 2013 - May 2015)
  • Jacob Gold, Undergraduate student (June 2013 - May 2015)
  • Chris Hong, Undergraduate student (May 2014 - May 2015)
  • Dr. Dongshin Kim, Director of Microfluidics (January 2009 - February 2015)
  • Dr. Ye Zhang, Postdoctoral fellow (2011 - 2014)
  • Alex Mitchell, Undergraduate student (spring 2016 - May 2017)
  • Remi Boros, Undergraduate student (fall 2015 - May 2017)
  • Johnson Agyapong, Undergraduate student (fall 2016 - May 2017)
  • Vardges Tserunyan, Undergraduate student (fall 2015 - May 2017)
  • Jesse Held, Undergraduate student (fall 2015 - May 2017)
  • Anna Kolstad, Princeton Undergraduate student (summer 2015)
  • Austin Prince, Florida Undergraduate student (summer 2015) 
  • Dr. Evelyn Panagakou, Postdoctoral fellow
  • Dr. Hector Octavio Gonzalez Ochoa, Postdoctoral fellow
  • Dr. Frederic Gobeaux, Postdoctoral fellow
  • Dr. Viatcheslav Berejnov, Postdoctoral fellow
  • Dr. Eric Grelet, Postdoctoral fellow
  • Dr. Emmanuel Belamie, Postdoctoral fellow
  • Susan Okrah, Hampton undergrad
  • Niya Wilkins, Hampton undergrad
  • Ethan Chan, undergrad
  • Arda Cam, undergrad
  • Xiaotong Geng, undergrad
  • Thomas Litschel, masters student
  • Markus Ludwig, masters student
  • Tianshu Liu, grad student
  • Emily Peck, grad student
  • Seila Selimovic, grad student
  • Phil Fei Huang, grad student
  • Jung Uk Shim, grad student
  • Kirstin Purdy, grad student
  • Ujitha Dassanayake, grad student
  • Zvonimir Dogic, undergrad, grad student
  • Marie Adams, grad student
  • Jay Tang, grad student
  • San Lin, grad student
  • Mark Ospeck, grad student
  • Ariel Hyre, undergrad
  • Adam Ollanik, undergrad
  • Flori Yellin, undergrad
  • Aaron Mowitz, undergrad
  • Korbinian Winkler, visitor 
  • Kyle Harrington, grad student