Physics Department welcomes new faculty member Aparna Baskaran

The physics department welcomes its newest faculty member, Professor Aparna Baskaran. Professor Baskaran is a theorist who studies non-equilibrium statistical mechanics and its biophysical applications.

Simulating viral capsid assembly

Viral capsids assemble into complex structures with high fidelity, but also can adapt when given other nucleic acids cargoes to package. In a recent paper in Nano Letters, Brandeis physics grad student Oren Elrad and Professor Michael Hagan used computer simulations to investigate the mechanisms by which this occurs. These simulations were done on the Brandeis High Performance Computing cluster.

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