Current group members:

  • Vasiliy Triandafilidi, PhD student in Chemical Engineering (co-supervised with Prof. S. Hadzikiriakos), since Jan 2015
    "Theory and modeling of the piezoionic effect in hydrogels"
  • Derek Fujimoto, QuESt  PhD student (fujimoto at, since Jan 2016
    "NMR experiments and molecular simulations of relaxation in polystyrene films"
    (co-supervised with Profs R. Kiefl and W.A. Macfarlane)
  • Daniel Bruns, QuEST PhD Student (dbruns at, since Jan 2017
    "Heat transport in carbon nanotubes and the heat trap effect"
    (co-supervised with Profs A. Nojeh and S. Phani)
  • Daniel Korchinski, QuEST PhD Student (djkorchi at, since Jan 2019
    "Mesoscopic models of driven disordered solids"

  •  Celine Ruscher, SBQMI postdoctoral fellow, since Jan 2018
    "Physics of amorphous materials"

  •  Debashish Mukherji, SBQMI research associate, since Aug 2018
    "Nanoscale modeling and simulation of materials"

Former group members:

  •  Mona Habibi, postdoctoral fellow, Aug 2014 - Aug 2017
    "Protein force spectroscopy with atomistic and coarse-grained simulations"
  •  Michael Greenwood, postdoctoral fellow, Jan 2009 - Jan 2011
    "Phase field crystal modeling"
  • Joel Berry, Postdoctoral Fellow, Jan 2012-Nov 2013 (based at McMaster University)
    "Phase field crystal modeling of microstructure evolution"
  • Evgeniya Dontsova, Postdoctoral Fellow, April 2013-July 2015 (jointly with Prof. Chad Sinclair)
    "Dynamical variational Gaussian methods for diffusion in alloys"

        Graduate Students:
  • David Thompson, MSc thesis (Sept 2005-Aug 2007):
    "The Local Coulombic Monte Carlo Algorithm: Applications to the electric double layer"
  • Aleksy Jones, MSc thesis (Sept 2006-Aug 2008, jointly with Prof. Tom Tiedje):
    "Kineticall determined surface topology during epitaxial growth"
  • Bruce Krayenhoff, MSc thesis  (Jan 2007-Mar 2009):
    "Nonlocal dielectric effects on the dielectric barrier of an ion channel"
  • Alex Morriss-Andrews. MSc student (Sept 2007-Aug 2009, jointly with Prof. Steven Plotkin)
    "Coarse grained modeling of DNA using ellipsoids"
  • Mya Warren, PhD thesis (Jan 2006 - Dec 2009).
    "Aging and memory in glassy materials"
  • Amy Liu, MSc thesis, (Jan 2008 - Dec 2009):
    "Physical aging in polymer glasses and nanocomposites"
  • Matthew Badali, MSC thesis (Sept 2010-Sept 2012)
    "Nonlocal dielectric response of water"
  • Anton Smessaert, PhD thesis (Jan 2011-April 2015)
    "Microscopic Perspective of Polymer Glasses During Physical Aging and Mechanical Deformation:
    A computational study of dynamical heterogeneity, plasticity, and soft vibrational modes as the link to the molecular structure."
  • Shahzad Ghanbarian, PhD student (Sept 2009 - April 2015)
    "Atomistic and coarse-grained simulations of DNA electrostatics"
  • Liam Huber, PhD student (Sept 2009 - Dec 2015)
    "Quantum simulations of the interaction between solutes and defects in metals"
    (jointly with Prof. M. Militzer, Materials Engineering)
  • Amanda Parker, PhD student (parkeram at, (Sept 2011-Dec 2017)
    "Mechanics of nanostructured copolymers"

    Undergraduate Honours Theses:

  • "Estimating the Elastic Moduli of the Nuclear Pore Complex (NPC) Hydrogel" (Sept 2017-May 2018)
  • "Simulating mult-cell migration in monolayers using a mass-spring cell model" (Sept 2017-May 2018)
  • "Prediction of Molecular Properties with Graph Convolution-Based Neural Networks" (Sept 2017-May 2018)
  • "Phase field models for cell dynamics" (Sept 2015-May 2016)
  • "Simulations of stable glasses via vapour deposition" (Sept 2015-May 2016)
  • "Atomistic simulations of the iron-carbon system"(Sept 2008-April 2009)
  • "Atomistic simulations of physical aging in polyethylene", UG Honour's thesis (Sept 2007-April 2008)
  • "Phase field models for disordered solids", (Sept 2006-April 2007)
  • "Molecular dynamics simulations of the force-extension relation in simple models of semiflexible biopolymers", (Sept 2005-April 2006)
  • "Simulating effects of shearing on the ordering of bilayer systems" (Sept 2005-April 2006)

    Summer USRAs:
  • David MacNeill, Summer USRA (May-Aug 2010):
    "Atomistic yield criteria for polymer glasses"
  • Kimberley Chang, Summer USRA (May-Aug 2014):
    "Mechanical properties of a coarse-grained model of DNA"