Physics of Soft & Biological Matter
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The MacKintosh Group

Our research interests concern the fundamental physics of soft matter, of which biological materials are principal examples.

Onderwijs / Teaching:

Complex Functions (VU 2nd year Physics)

Mathematical Methods of Physics (VU 3rd year Physics)
Statistical Mechanics of Soft Matter (VU/UvA masters)


Recent research highlights:


  • Matthew Dennison, postdoc
  • Albert Licup, PhD student

  • Robbie Rens, PhD student
  • Abhinav (Abi) Sharma, postdoc

  • Mahsa Vahabi, postdoc

Selected recent publications:

Colleagues & Collaborations:

  1. CP Broedersz and FC MacKintosh, Modeling semiflexible polymer networks. Rev Mod Phys, 86: 995 (2014).

  2. M Guo, AJ Ehrlicher, MH Jensen, M Renz, JR Moore, RD Goldman, J Lippincott-Schwartz, FC MacKintosh, DA Weitz, Force Spectrum Microscopy: a new probe of stochastic properties of molecular motors in cells. Cell, 158: 822 (2014).
  3. N Fakhri, AD Wessel, C Willms, M Pasquali, DR Klopfenstein, FC MacKintosh, CF Schmidt, High resolution mapping of intracellular fluctuations using carbon nanotubes. Science, 344: 1031 (2014).
  4. M Dennison, M Sheinman, C Storm, FC MacKintosh,
    Fluctuation-stabilized marginal networks and anomalous entropic elasticity. Phys Rev Lett, 111: 095503 (2013).

  5. J Alvarado, M Sheinman, A Sharma, FC MacKintosh, GH Koenderink, Molecular motors robustly drive active gels to a critically connected state. Nature Physics, 9: 591 (2013).
  6. M Sheinman, CP Broedersz and FC MacKintosh.
    Actively stressed marginal networks
    . Phys Rev Lett, 109: 238101 (2012).

  7. CP Broedersz, X Mao, TC Lubensky, FC MacKintosh.
    Criticality and isostaticity in fiber networks
    . Nature Physics, 7: 983 (2011).

More ...

  • Christoph Schmidt, Goettingen
  • Dave Weitz, Harvard



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