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:


  • Albert Licup, PhD student

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

  • Mahsa Vahabi, postdoc

Selected recent publications:

Colleagues & Collaborations:

  1. C Battle, CP Broedersz, N Fakhri, VF Geyer, J Howard, CF Schmidt, FC MacKintosh, Broken detailed balance at mesoscopic scales in active biological systems. Science, 352: 604 (2016).
  2. A Sharma, AJ Licup, KA Jansen, R Rens, M Sheinman, GH Koenderink, FC MacKintosh, Strain-controlled criticality governs the nonlinear mechanics of fiber networks. Nature Physics, DOI: 10.1038/nphys3628 (2016)
  3. AJ Licup, S Muenster, A Sharma, M Sheinman, LM Jawerth, B Fabry, DA Weitz and FC MacKintosh, Stress controls the mechanics of collagen networks. PNAS, 112: 9573 (2015).

  4. M Sheinman, A Sharma, J Alvarado, GH Koenderink, FC MacKintosh, Anomalous discontinuity at the percolation critical point of active gels. Phys Rev Lett, 114: 098104 (2015).

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

  6. 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).
  7. 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).

More ...

  • Christoph Schmidt, Goettingen
  • Dave Weitz, Harvard



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