M. Cristina Marchetti

William R. Kenan Distinguished Professor of Physics

Research Interests

  • Hydrodynamics and rheology of active fluids and gels.
  • Collective behavior of bacterial suspensions and other self-driven organisms.
  • Cell motility and the mechanical properties of the cell cytoskeleton.
  • Collective transport in disordered systems: vortex lines in superconductors, charge density waves.
  • Dynamics of glassy systems.


1982 Ph.D. in Physics
University Florida, Gainesville
1978 Laurea in Physics cum laude
University of Pavia, Italy

Awards & Professional Honors

  • Fellow of the American Physical Society
  • William R. Kenan, Jr. Professorship
  • Associate Director of the Syracuse Biomaterials Institute, 2007-present
  • Chancellor's Citation for Academic Achievement, Syracuse University, 2005
  • Rotschild-Mayent Sabbatical Fellowship, Institut Curie, Paris, 2007
  • Principal Investigator and Member of the Board of Directors of the Boulder School for Condensed Matter and Materials Physics, http://boulder.research.yale.edu
  • Vice-Chair and Chair of the Group of Statistical and Nonlinear Physics of the American Physical Society (2005-2008).

Selected Publications

Sheared active fluids: thickening, thinning and vanishing viscosity, L.Giomi, T. B. Liverpool and M. Cristina Marchetti, Phys. Rev. E 81, 051908 (2010).

Statistical mechanics and hydrodynamics of Bacterial Suspensions, Aparna Baskaran and M. Cristina Marchetti, Proc. Nat. Acad. Sci. 106, 15567-15572 (2009).

Mechanical response of active gels, T. B. Liverpool, M. C. Marchetti, J.-F. Joanny and J. Prost, EuroPhys. Lett. 85, 18007 (2009).

Enhanced diffusion and ordering of self-propelled rods, Aparna Baskaran and M. Cristina Marchetti, Phys. Rev. Lett. 101, 268101 (2008).

Depinning in a two-layer model of plastic flow, P. Le Doussal, M. C. Marchetti, K. J. Wiese, Phys. Rev. B 78, 224201 (2008). (28 pages).

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