Lab Contact


Physics Building

Syracuse University

Syracuse, NY 13244


Phone: 413-545-3673

Hasbrouck 310/309

666 N. Pleasant St.

Dept. of Physics

UMass Amherst

Amherst, MA 01003

Lab News!

Undergraduate Nick Sawyer was recently awarded a SOURCE grant!

The Ross Lab has MOVED to Syracuse University.

Physics graduate student, Jake Shechter successfully defends his PhD.

New paper accepted at Soft Matter from Leila Farhadi with collaborators in the KECK collaboration!

New paper accepted at The Biophysicist, a new educational journal from the Biophysical Society! 

New paper accepted at Langmuir from Jake Shechter, Linda Oster, and Ben Strain with collaborators in the Juan dePablo lab!

New paper from the Ross Lab and grad student Mengqi Xu at Physical Review Letters out now! 


Ross named Fellow of the American Physical Society from the Division of Biological Physics!


Bio-Active Matter Lab

Active, Biological Physics Underlying Cellular Organization

Answering the question:

How can cells organize their insides without a manager?

The Ross Lab in broadly interested in how cells sense, decide, and respond to produce motion, force, and work. The cell is able to couple thermal and active (energy-using) "ratchets" that self-organize to perform work. This ability to do work by harnessing noisy, random systems is a frontier area of research for soft, active, and biological condensed matter physics. The Ross Lab focuses on biological systems in order to learn fundamental physics principles of how they are able to act autonomously, specifically we have focused on the cytoskeleton. We have started new work on enzymes ability to serve as active matter.

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