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Welcome to the Brangwynne lab at Princeton University. We are an interdisciplinary team of engineers, biologists, and physicists using principles of soft matter physics to understand the structure and self-assembly of living biological materials, including the cytoskeleton, organelles, cells, and tissues. 

If you are enthusiastic and have a drive to use cutting edge techniques spanning multiple disciplines, are fearless in asking and tackling fundamental questions about how nature works, then you should join us!

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Lab News

7/31/18 - Congrats to postdoc David Sanders, who has been awarded the NIH F32 postdoctoral fellowship. Way to go David!!

7/27/18 - Congrats to postdoc Jorine Eeeftens, who has been awarded the Dutch Rubicon postdoctoral fellowship. Way to go Jorine!!

7/17/18 - Cliff had a great time at the Blavatnik Science symposium at the beautiful NY Academy of Sciences building. Two great organizations partnering to move science forward.

7/11/18 - Postdoc Dan Bracha enjoyed attending the 18th HFSP Awardees meeting in Toronto.

7/10/18 - Cliff gave a talk and co-chaired a session with Kit Parker at the World Congress on Biomechanics in Ireland. Good to see so many old friends, including many Weitzlab buddies.

6/27/18 - Cliff back from HHMI Investigator Orientation. Everybody at HHMI is so wonderful and supportive, looking forward to working with these great people!

6/21/18 - Cliff back from a seminar visit to Memorial Sloan Kettering. Thanks especially to Philipp Niethammer and colleagues for being great hosts!

6/17/18 - Cliff back from giving a seminar and meeting with the students at the MBL Physiology course. Always awesome to be there, where so much cool science happens!

6/8/18 - Cliff back from giving a talk at the NIH High Risk High Reward Symposium. Thanks to Ravi Basavappa and folks at the NIH Common Fund for the New Innovator award that got our lab off the ground, and to John Satterlee and colleagues at the (Common Fund-supported) 4D Nucleome project for funding our optoDroplet work!

6/5/18 - Congrats to postdoc Felix Keber, who has been awarded an EMBO fellowship for his project co-advised by Cliff and Martin Wuhr. Way to go Felix!!

5/23/18 - Official announcement that Cliff has been named an HHMI Investigator!!! Check out the different news stories put out by HHMI, Princeton, and a local newspaper Town Topics

5/18/18 - The Brangwynne lab and friends are back from the EMBO meeting on "Cellular Mechanisms Driven by Liquid Phase Separation", co-organized by Cliff. Dan Bracha, Elliot Dine, and Matt King gave great talks, with Lian and Mack giving posters. Congrats to all on a wonderful meeting. 

5/7/18 - Cliff has been named a finalist for the 2018 Blavatnik National Awards for Young Scientists!

4/27/18 - Congrats to postdoc Laura Gray on the birth of her beautiful daughter Caroline!!

4/23/18 - Cliff back from giving a seminar at NYU. Thanks to Lionel Christiaen and colleagues for being great hosts!

3/4/18 - Congrats to graduate students Mack Walls and Daniel Lee, who have both been awarded prestigious NSF graduate fellowships. Way to go guys!

3/16/18 - Dan's paper on the Corelet system and his findings on the difference between local and global phase separation, is now posted to bioRxiv! Elliot's paper on the "Reverse OptoDrop" PixELL system is also out on bioRxiv. Congrats!

3/15/18 - Cliff gave a talk to over a thousand people at the Liquid-liquid phase separation webinar (with talks also by Mike Rosen and Nick Fawzi - the webinar is still available for viewing here).

3/14/18 - Congrats to the Brangwynne family on the birth of their daughter Edith, on pi day!

3/8/18 - Dan Bracha and Daniel Lee are back from the APS March Meeting in LA. Daniel talked about some of his computational work with Ned, and Dan gave a well-attended talk on his work on local vs. global phase separation, using his newly developed Corelet system.

2/15/18 - Cliff back from giving a seminar at Lehigh. Thanks to Vassie Ware and colleagues for the invitation and opportunity to interact with some amazing students. Prof. Ware and colleagues are running a truly impressive HHMI-funded program to increase retention of underrepresented students in STEM fields. Inspirational!

2/7/18 - Cliff back from giving a seminar at Columbia. Thanks to Marty Chalfie for being a great host!

2/1/18 - Cliff back from the Human Frontiers Science Program (HFSP) grant committee in Strasbourg. The HFSP is a wonderful organization built around 1. Internationalism, and 2. Interdisciplinarity. Two words to live by!

1/25/18 - The Brangwynne lab was sad to say goodbye to our beloved postdoc Yongdae Shin, who is off to start a faculty position at Seoul National University in Korea. We sent him off in style with a bash at Triumph brewpub. Best wishes Yongdae, you will be sorely missed!!

1/24/18 - Cliff back from given student-invited seminar (Koshland seminar) at Berkeley. Thanks to Lindsey Young and the other students for being great hosts. 

1/18/18 - Cliff had the pleasure of taking part in a dinner/discussion with colleague Olga Troyanskaya and members of Princeton's Board of Trustees - very stimulating discussions with a group of tremendously interesting people!

1/3/18 - Welcome to our newest postdoc Paul Ackerman! 

12/6/17 - The Brangwynne lab had a great time at ASCB 2017, which this year was conveniently located in Philadelphia. Cliff chaired a session on the Nucleus, and gave at talk at a 4D Nucleome Session. 

11/15/17 - Cliff back from giving a talk at the Institute for Advanced Study. Thanks to Stan Leibler and colleagues for hosting a nice visit. 

10/28/17 - Cliff back from giving a talk at the ASBMB Nucleolus meeting at the Stowers Institute in Kansas City. Thanks to Thoru Pederson and Jennifer Gerton for organizing a stimulating meeting.

10/22/17 - Cliff back from the 27th Solvay Conference on "The Physics of Living Matter: Space, Time, and Information in Biology", held at the historic Hotel Metropole in Brussels. Cliff gave a Rapporteur talk on States of Intracellular Matter. 

9/23/17 - Brangwynne lab back from our 5th annual retreat. This year Mack organized an awesome trip to Washington DC, where we had some great science, and then zipped around the city on our Segway tour!

9/22/17 - Yongdae and Cliff's review came out in Science!

9/20/17 - Eje back from attending the 4D Nucleome annual meeting!

9/18/17 - Cliff kicks of the semester with the first of the Monday Princeton Biophysics seminar series. A full house getting excited about phase transitions.

9/15/17 - Cliff gives keynote talk at the Johns Hopkins department of Biochemistry annual retreat. Thanks for a great visit!

9/14/17 - Semesters getting started with Cliff teaching CBE433 Soft Living Matter. This year we have 24 students, including lab members Daniel Lee, Mack Walls, Eje Chang, and Victoria Drake. And Nicole Taylor is the AI. 

7/14/17 - Cliff back from a great conference on IDPs and self-assembly in Telluride. Thanks to Richard Kriwacki and the other organizers for a great meeting in a fantastic location!

7/6/17 - Lian is back from the NSF-sponsored international Physics of Living Systems (iPoLS) meeting in Paris, where she had a great time and presented a poster of her work.

6/26/17 - Nature Chemistry paper is published, with a news story on the Princeton Webpage. Congrats to the great team behind this work, especially Steven, Shani, and Alex Holehouse!

6/16/17 - Dan Bracha and Cliff are back from the FASEB protein aggregation meeting in Steamboat Springs, Colorado, where Cliff chaired and gave a talk in the phase transition session.

6/12/17 - Congratulations to Shani, who has accepted a faculty position at the CUNY Advanced Science Research Center. Way to go Shani!

6/6/17 - Yongdae, David, Eje, Lian, and Cliff spent the day at Penn with other members of the 4D Nucleome Consortium. Thanks to Arjun Raj for organizing a great local 4DN meeting!

5/25/17 - Cliff gave a seminar at Rockefeller University. Thanks to Petr Sulc for being a great host!

5/19/17 - David, Victoria, and Cliff back from the St. Jude Research Consortium kick-off meeting on "The Biology of Liquid Organelles". Thanks to our collaborators Paul Taylor, Rickard Kriwacki, Tanja Mittag, and Rohit Pappu for a great meeting.  

5/17/17 - Cliff gave a seminar at UCSF. Thanks to Geeta Narlikar for being a great host!

5/12/17 - Cliff back from giving a seminar at Caltech, thanks to the student organizers for being such great hosts!

5/4/17 - Cliff back from giving giving a talk at a meeting on Phase Transitions in Biology and Disease in Leuven Belgium. Some great talks and discussions, thanks to the organizers for a very nice meeting in a beautiful location. 

4/28/17 - Yongdae gives a talk on his Optodroplet work, as part of the 4D Nucleome webinar series. Nice job Yongdae!

4/25/17 - Cliff back from giving a seminar at Penn. Thanks to Jim Shorter for being a great host!

4/20/17 - Nicole and Cliff back from the MRS meeting in Phoenix. Nicole had a poster and Cliff gave an invited talk, thanks to the organizers for a nice meeting!

4/6/17 - Steven, Shani, and Alex's paper is accepted at Nature Chemistry! Congrats to everyone for a successful outcome to a great collaboration involving 4 different labs!

4/4/17 - Cliff back from giving a talk at the ACS meeting in San Francisco, at a coacervation session (great talks Monday by Baldwin, Chilkoti and others). Thanks to Paul Dubin and Russell Stewart for organizing.

4/1/17 - Our "Stars of Materials Science" show for young students was awesome! Thanks to Rod Priestley, Steven, Lian, Laura, and the great Dan Steinberg and Sarah Rodriguez and their team for helping make this science outreach show a success (polymers, phase transitions, and cow eyeballs... a recipe for success!)

3/31/17 - Cliff back from a visit to the Allen Foundation in Seattle. Paul Allen has set up a great organization working hard to have a positive impact on science. 

3/24/17 - Cliff back from giving a seminar in the ChemE department at MIT. Thanks for a truly great visit!

3/17/17 - Congratulations to Dan Bracha for winning a cross disciplinary postdoctoral fellowship from the Human Frontiers Science Foundation, and to Tiffany Richardson for winning a National Science Foundation graduate research fellowship! Great news!!

3/10/17 - Cliff back from a seminar visit to New England Biolabs. Thanks to Barton Slatko for hosting a very nice visit!

2/22/17 - Worm farming paper is top story on PU homepage!

2/20/17 - Congrats to our undergraduate Tiffany Richardson, who is being admitted to all the top graduate programs in the country! Way to go Tiffany!

2/17/17 - Yongdae gave a really great talk about his work at this week's BioE colloquium. Congrats Yongdae!

2/7/17 - Newsflash: Cliff gets tenure (and immediately becomes a calmer human)

2/3/17 - Cliff back from giving a seminar at Harvard Med School, thanks to Piotr Sliz and colleagues for being great hosts!

1/30/17 - Steven back from Taiwan, we missed you and are glad to have you back!

1/24/17 - Cliff back from giving a seminar at Yale. Great to meet new people and see some old friends including Megan King, Patrick Lusk, Joe Howard, and Karla Neugebauer. 

1/10/17 - Shashi and Sravanti's paper accept at PNAS. Great work guys!

1/4/17 - Yongdae's paper is the top story on Princeton's homepage 

1/3/17 - Brangwynne lab welcomes new CBE PhD students Mack Walls and Victoria Drake!

12/16/16 - 5th Annual Brangwynne Lab Holiday Party was awesome. More new lab members and their families made it quite a wild party at the Brangwynne pad! This year's hot gift exchange items included Princeton tiger socks and a bird feeder. 

12/14/16 - Thanks to our collaborator Rohit Pappu, who hung out with the Brangwynne lab and then gave an awesome talk at the weekly CBE seminar series!

12/8/16 - Steven and Yongdae back from the ASCB Annual Meeting. Lots of interesting discussions and heavy traffic at their posters!

12/3/16 - David and Shani back from a great CSHL Neurodegeneration meeting!

11/28/16 - Yongdae's paper accepted at Cell! Congratulations Yongdae!

11/28/16 - Cliff back from giving a seminar at the MPI in Munich. Thanks to Petra Schwille for organizing!

11/16/16 - Cliff back from giving a seminar at UMass Worcester. Thanks to Nick Rhind for being a wonderful host!

11/11/16 - Cliff back from the HHMI Meeting in Bethesda. Great scientists & fantastic talks (colleague Martin Jonikas gave a truly amazing talk!)

11/8/16 - Cliff back from a symposium in Zurich. Thanks to Lucas Pelkmans for hosting!

11/3/16 - Cliff back from giving seminars in Germany, at the MPI-CBG in Dresden (happy 15th Birthday!), the Max Delbrueck Center in Berlin (thanks to Ana Pombo), and the MPI for Molecular Physiology in Dortmund (thanks to Alex Bird).

10/21/16 - Cliff had a nice visit to Harvard Medical School to give the "Theory Lunch" talk. Thanks to everyone there, including Tim Mitchison and Chris Field for a wonderful dinner. 

10/17/16 - Yongdae and Cliff had a great trip to the Annual 4D Nucleome meeting in San Diego. Cliff gave a talk and Yongdae had a poster that received a lot of traffic. 

10/7/16 - Congrats to Nicole and Lian for giving great talks at the CBE Graduate Student Symposium!

10/5/16 - Cliff back from giving a talk at the 2016 Dutch Biophysics Meeting. Thanks to Mireille Claessens, Lukas Kapitein, and the other organizers for a great meeting.

10/1/16 - Welcome to our new postdoc Dan Bracha!

9/30/16 - Congrats to Tiffany who received a full travel award for the Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS) in Tampa, Florida. Tiffany's abstract was also accepted for oral presentation!

9/24/16 - Brangwynne lab back from our 4th annual retreat. Great food, great science, and heart-pumping ziplining through the beautiful Catskill mountains! 

9/22/16 - Cliff wins HHMI-Simons Faculty Scholar Award!! See article on SEAS webpage, Princeton main page, and the official HHMI announcement.

9/21/16 - Cliff back from giving a seminar in the CBE department at Georgia Tech. Thanks to Hang Lu for a hosting a nice visit (including great Thai food at Nan)

9/16/16 - Congrats to Steven who gave a great talk at BioE Colloquium (with an absolutely packed audience)!

9/15/16 - Brangwynne lab is excited to start the Fall semester with another offering of Cliff's class CBE433, Soft Living Matter. Steven will be the teaching assistant, and David, Gena and Carlos are all auditing!

9/14/16 - Cliff gives CBE departmental seminar - a very fun and very lively audience!

9/10/16 - Cliff back from Germany, after giving talks at the "Heraeus Cell Dynamics" meeting in Bad Honnef, and the "Actin in Action" meeting at the EMBL in Heidelberg. Thanks to the organizers for two great meetings!

8/25/16 - Thanks to all who joined for the annual Brangwynne lab end-of-summer Nomad pizza party at Cliff's house!

8/24/16 - Cliff back from giving a talk at the annual ACS meeting in Philadelphia. Thanks to Nick Fawzi and Jeetain Mittal for organizing a great session on IDPs and intracellular phase transitions!

7/18/16 - Journal of Cell Biology has a writeup about Cliff.

7/17/16 - Cliff back from giving a talk at the Protein Society Meeting in Baltimore. Great catching up with colleagues, especially our dinner at an Afghan restaurant

7/11/16 - Welcome to our new new staff scientist Gena Whitney and rotation student Mack Walls!

7/1/16 - Shani and Cliff back from the IDP Gordon Conference in beautiful Les Diablerets, Switzerland. Much excitement about phase transitions, and Shani's talk in particular was very well received!

6/24/16 - Cliff had a nice visit to the MBL with some great talks by Ibrahim Cisse, Rob Phillips and others. Always an inspiring place, even the library.

6/13/16 - Welcome to our crew of new summer students - Alicia Wang, Frank Rooney, Ricardo Luna, and Paul Talledo

6/1/16 - Welcome to our new postdoc David Sanders!

5/30/16 - Congrats again to Marina Feric, who participated in the official graduation ceremony with Cliff!

5/12/16 - Cliff back from giving a seminar at MIT Biophysics. Thanks to Nikta Fakhri, Jeff Gore and their colleagues for a really awesome visit with many old friends!

4/29/16 - ASCB newsletter carries essay by Cliff on his career path.

4/26/16 - Cliff back from giving a seminar in the Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering department at Cornell. Thanks to my old buddy Julius Lucks for being a great host.

4/19/16 - Congratulations to the soon-to-be Dr. Marina Feric, the first PhD minted in the Brangwynne lab! Marina successfully defended her fantastic thesis and then the lab went out and celebrated with good food and some pool, and topped it off with ice cream and waffles from Ninas.

4/18/16 - Cliff back from a great little meeting at the McGill research facility in Barbados. Thanks to Jackie Vogel, Simon Alberti, and Mathieu Blanchette for organizing, especially for having it in such a fantastic location (yes, next time I'll try to bring other lab members!)

4/11/16 - Paper accepted at Cell! Congrats to Marina, Nilesh, Lian, Tiffany, and collaborators!

4/2/16 - Cliff back from giving a seminar at the University of Wyoming. Thanks to Dan Levy for organizing a great visit to a fun place.

3/18/16 - Cliff back from giving a seminar at the University of Chicago, in the Department of Molecular Genetics and Cell Biology. Thanks to Will Yee and the other PhD students for the invitation to their Student-Invited Seminar Series!

3/2/16 - Shani and Nicole are back from the Biophysical Society meeting in LA. Shani gave a talk and picked up her Molecular Kinetics Postdoctoral Research Award, and Nicole gave a talk about her work using microfluidics to study RNA/protein liquids (her first big talk went very well!).

3/1/16 - Welcome to our visitor Saskia Lindhoud from University of Twente in the Netherlands, who is spending the week here interacting with our group.

2/24/16 - Cliff back from giving a seminar in the Biomedical Engineering department at Carnegie Mellon University. Thanks to Adam Feinberg for being a great host. This was a particularly nice visit since Cliff hasn't been at CMU since graduating in 2001 (this slide got some good laughs!).

2/13/16 - Cliff back from giving a course lecture and institute seminar at the Instituto Gulbenkian in Portugal. Thanks to Monica Bettencourt Dias and Florence Janody for hosting a wonderful visit.

2.5.16 - Shani wins the prestigious and highly competitive K99 award from the NIH! Way to go Shani!!!!

1/29/16 - Cliff back from giving a talk at the Mid-Atlantic Soft Matter meeting (MASM16), which was held at the NIH in Bethesda, Maryland. Thanks to Dan Blair and Kandice Tanner for organizing a great meeting.

1/14/16 - Cliff back from a great meeting in Japan, organized by the Japanese society for quantitative biology. The meeting was held at the University of Tokyo and the National Institute of Genetics in Mishima - a smaller city with great views of Mt. Fuji. Thanks to the organizers, especially Aki Kimura (as well as former Tokyo resident and Princeton CBE alum Keisuke Ishihara), for being outstanding hosts and making this a very special meeting (among other treats, including out-of-this-world Sushi!).

1/1/16 - Congratulations to Shani who has been selected as a recipient of a Molecular Kinetics Postdoctoral Research Award from the Biophysical Society. Way to go Shani!

12/29/15 - Our work takes center stage in this article on Princeton's growing Bioengineering program.

12/16/15 - The Brangwynne lab was well-represented at the 2015 ASCB meeting in San Diego. The session organized by Cliff, Gary Brouhard, and Xiolei Su was a success, including a great talk by Steph. Shani and Marina also gave great talks at other sessions, and Nicole had a poster. Cliff also picked up his ASCB-Gibco prize. (See pic from our nice dinner at the meeting)

12/10/15 - 4th annual lab holiday party was great. This year's secret santa hit was a "shot glass roulette wheel".

12/7/15 - Cliff back from giving a talk in the Biochemistry department at the University of Montreal. Thanks to Steve Michnick for hosting a nice visit (a great group of folks in a great town where Steph is launching her own lab @McGill !)

12/4/15 - Thanks to Jim Ferrell and the other members of the Stanford Center for Systems Biology for hosting a great symposium with talks by Cliff, Ron Weiss, Dana Pe'er, and Philippe Bastiaens.

11/20/15 - The Brangwynne lab says goodbye to postdocs Sravanti Uppaluri and Shashi Thutupalli, who are off to faculty positions in India. We had a nice going away dinner and presented them with a beautiful piece of Chinese artwork to decorate their new home.

11/5/15 - Cliff back from a great seminar visit to National University of Singapore. Thanks to Greg Jedd for the wonderful science and conversation (highlights: wild King Cobra sighting, and great food especially Xiao Long Bao).

10/30/15 - The Brangwynne lab participated in a fantastic webinar on phase transitions in cells, sponsored Alzforum. Cliff gave a talk, joined by Paul Taylor, Nick Fawzi, Simon Alberti, Peter St. George-Hyslop, and Markus Zweckstetter. Thanks to Amber Dance for organizing.

10/30/15 - Rapidly growing interest in phase transitions in the neurodegeneration community. See this report (with quotes from Cliff).

10/29/15 - Cliff back from giving a talk at the NIH for the kickoff meeting for our recent grant with the 4D Nucleome Consortium. It's going to be very exciting over the next few years to see the discoveries that come through this program.

10/26/15 - Cliff back from giving a seminar in the Molecular Structure and Function program at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto. Thanks to Julie Forman-Kay for hosting a great visit (including great conversation about music and phase transitions over Sushi).

10/21/15 - Cliff back from giving a seminar in the Biomedical Engineering department at WashU in St. Louis. Thanks to Rohit Pappu for hosting a great visit!

10/16/15 - It's raining RNA/protein liquids!

10/16/15 - Marina's paper accepted at Scientific Reports!

10/4/15 - Cliff back from giving a talk at the University of Chicago polyelectrolyte meeting. Thanks to Matt Tirrell, Juan de Pablo, and the other organizers for a great meeting!

10/2/15 - Cliff heading back from giving a talk at a great meeting on the Physics of Cells and Tissues at the EMBL in Heidelberg. Thanks to Francois Nedelec, Ulrich Schwartz, Matthias Weiss, and Diah Yulianti for putting together a great program. (see Ulrich's tweet w/ Cliff's VW diesel joke slide)

9/26/15 - Brangwynne Lab back from our third annual retreat. This time we went to the Jersey Shore! Thanks to Shani and Lian for organizing another really great retreat!

9/21/15 - Welcome to QCB rotation student Zidong Zhang!

9/18/15 - Cliff wins ASCB-Gibco Emerging Leader prize!

9/18/15 - Cliff back from giving a lecture in the Physics department at NYU. Thanks to Alexandra Zidovska for being a great host.

9/17/15 - Whi3 paper accepted at Molecular Cell. Great work guys!!

9/15/15 - The review Cliff wrote with Rohit Pappu and Peter Tompa is accepted at Nature Physics!

9/10/15 - Jens' paper on virus motility in the nucleus is accepted to PNAS!

9/9/15 - Cliff back from giving a joint seminar in the Chemical Engineering and Physics departments at UMass Amherst. Thanks to Maria Kilfoil, Jenny Ross, Shelly Payton, and the other great hosts. 

9/5/15 - Cliff gets a bunch of quotes in this nice article on the ALS forum website.

9/4/15 - Cliff back from giving a seminar in the Biomedical Engineering Department at UT Austin. Thanks to Amy Brock and colleagues for a nice visit!

9/2/15 - Welcome to Laura Gray, our new postdoc working jointly with the Priestley lab.

9/2/15 - The Brangwynne lab awarded a grant from the NIH as part of the 4D Nucleome Program to study phase transition-driven nuclear body assembly. Congrats!

8/29/15 - 4th annual end-of-summer party at Cliff's house was great. Nomad pizza, frisbee, and roasting marshmallows around the fire, what could be better!

8/27/15 - Steph and Cliff's "alternative interpretation" (see Fig. 1 and the highlighted section of our 2012 review in Cell), i.e. the proposal that a liquid to solid transition underlies protein aggregation pathologies, appears to be exactly right! - see recent article by Patel

8/21/15 - Cliff back from giving a talk at the CECAM IDP meeting in Zurich. The IDP field is getting very excited about phase transitions!

8/14/15 - Cliff back from another great Soft Matter Gordon Conference in NH. See you all again at the next one in two years!

8/6/15 - Steph, Joel, and Nilesh's paper accepted at PNAS! A nice combination of experiment and theory resulting from a fantastic collaboration with the Haataja group. Way to go!

7/31/15 - Welcome to Aleena Patel, a first year CBE PhD student who is doing a mini-rotation in the lab.

7/9/15 - The Brangwynne lab says goodbye to our beloved postdoc Steph Weber who is off to a faculty position - she will be starting her independent research career at McGill University. Best of luck Steph!

7/13/15 - Sravanti's paper accepted to Proceedings of the Royal Society B!

6/29/15 - Sravanti, Nilesh, and Lian back from the C.elegans meeting.

6/29/15 - Cliff back from giving a talk at the Developmental Biology Gordon Conference. Thanks to Susan Mango and the other organizers for a great meeting.

6/6/15 - Cliff back from giving a talk at the Macromolecular Assemblies meeting in Jerusalem. Thanks to Daniel Kaganovich and the other organizers for hosting a great meeting in an incredibly interesting location!

5/14/15 - Cliff part of a team consisting of Sabine Petry (Princeton Molecular Biology Dept.) and Simone Reber (Humboldt University, Berlin) awarded a Princeton-Humboldt Strategic Partnership grant to pursue an international collaboration to study membrane-less organelles. 

5/1/15 - Shani's paper accepted at PNAS! Way to go team HFSP!

4/26/15 - Cliff back from giving a seminar at Harvard as part of the Engineering and Physical Biology (EPB) Symposium. Thanks to Nancy Kleckner for organizing a great session among old friends!

4/22/15 - Our Intracellular Phase Transition Meeting was a success. Thanks to Ned and Mikko for helping co-organize, and to Charlene Borsack and the PCTS for being amazing with the logistics. Congrats also to all the Brangwynne labbers who gave posters, and to Shani, Steph and Joel for giving great talks!

4/15/15 - Cliff back from his final Searle Scholars meeting in Chicago. Thanks again for the support! The meetings will truly be missed (especially the Trump hotel!).

4/6/15 - Cliff back from giving a BME departmental seminar at Rutgers.

3/31/15 - Congratulations to both Lian and Nicole for winning prestigious NSF Graduate Fellowships! Way to go!!!

3/21/15 - Cliff back from giving a seminar at UCSD. Thanks to Jim Wilhelm, Arshad Desai, Karen Oegema and co. for a great visit.

3/9/15 - William and Sravanti's paper on worm mechanics is accepted at Biophysical Journal! What great senior thesis work William!

3/4/15 - Cliff back from giving a talk at a great meeting at the Cold Spring Harbor Lab on Cellular Dynamics and Models.

2/20/15 - Steph's paper on inverse size scaling of the nucleolus is published in Current Biology! Way to go Steph!!!

2/17/15 - Cliff back from giving a seminar in the Chemistry department at Penn State. Thanks to Christine Keating for being a great host.

2/10/15 - Shani and Cliff back from the 2015 Biophysical Society Annual meeting in Baltimore. Cliff gave a talk at the Intrinsically Disordered Subgroup session, and Shani presented a (very popular!) poster.

1/31/15 - Cliff back from giving the Danny Thomas Lecture at St. Jude. Thanks to Paul Taylor and Richard Kriwacki for being great hosts! (cool pic flying back into Philly).

1/20/15 - Cliff back from giving a seminar at Georgetown Physics. Thanks to Rhonda Dzakpasu for hosting (and helping find Cliff's keys!).

1/2/15 - Congrats to Lian Zhu for passing her first prop! That makes three for three this year, way to go!

1/8/15 - Congrats to Nicole Taylor for passing her 1st Proposition exam!

1/7/15 - Sara Chuang featured on AIChe website!

1/5/15 - Congrats to Sara Chuang for passing her 1st Proposition Exam!

12/18/14 - 3rd annual Brangwynne lab holiday party was wonderful -- thanks to everyone for coming and contributing to the yummy potluck feast (this year people were actually somewhat civilized during the Secret Santa gift exchange!). 

12/11/14 - Sravanti and Cliff back from another rewarding outreach visit to Kilmer Elementary School in Trenton. Thanks again to Mrs. Millner, our favorite 8th grade teacher in New Jersey!

12/10/14 - Brangwynne lab members Steph, Sravanti, Sara, Marina, Shani and Cliff are back from the 2014 ASCB Annual Meeting in Philadelphia after giving several talks and posters. Congrats to everyone for a job well done!

12/9/14 - Cliff back from DC after serving on an NSF panel.

12/8/14 - Welcome to our new postdoc Yongdae Shin!

11/19/20 - Cliff and Sara back from AIChe meeting in Atlanta. Cliff chaired a Cellular Biomechanics session and gave a talk, and Sara served as a mentor for undergraduates at the meeting.

10/31/14 - Cliff heading back from giving a seminar at Imperial College London [actually two seminars: the fire alarm went off halfway through the seminar, so the second half ended up being rescheduled for later that afternoon!]. Thanks to Chiu Fan Lee and James Choi for being excellent hosts.

10/18/14 - Brangwynne Lab back from the 2nd Annual Lab Retreat! We returned to the Poconos this year and had a great time discussing science, hiking, and eating!

10/7/14 - 4th HFSP Team Helicase Retreat was a success! Thanks to Christian, Sua, Krzysztof, and Younghoon for coming to Princeton for another great gathering. (Dinner Pic)

9/18/14 - Our new postdoc Steven Wei has finally arrived. Welcome Steven!

9/22/14 - Cliff back from giving a talk at the Physics of Living Matter 9 Meeting in Cambridge, UK. 

9/10/14 - CBE 433/533, Introduction to Soft Living Matter has its first class of the semester. Cliff is teaching, Marina is the teaching assistant (AI), and Lian, Nicole, Sara, Kevin, and Bruna are taking it! Have fun everybody!

8/29/14 - Cliff back from giving a talk at the Xenopus meeting in Pacific Grove. Thanks to John Wallingford and the other froggers for a great meeting.

8/25/14 - Nicole is clean-room initiated!

8/19/14 - 3rd Annual Brangwynne Lab end-of-summer party is a success! (new tradition: backyard frisbee)

7/22/14 - Marina gives a talk on her work at the International Physics of Living Systems (iPoLS) meeting in Munich Germany.

7/14/14 - Steph gives a talk on her work at the Post-Transcriptional Gene Regulation Gordon Conference in Newport, RI

7/9/14 - Cliff gives a talk at the Intrinsically-Disordered Protein Gordon Conference at Stonehill College, MA

7/1/14 - Cliff gives a talk at the MBL Tuesday night Cytoskeleton and Cell Division lecture series.

6/16/14 - Four members of the Brangwynne lab are spending 7 weeks at the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) in Woods Hole, MA. Lian will be a student in the famous Physiology course, which involves intensive hands-on research training in cutting edge quantitative techniques. Sara, Nilesh and Cliff (see "action photo" of an experiment with yeast!) are doing research as part of an HHMI-funded Summer Institute focused dissecting the biophysical rules governing RNA/Protein assembly.

5/27/14 - Cliff back from giving a seminar at UCSF - thanks to Dyche Mullins for being a great host.

5/2/14 - Cliff part of a team awarded funding through the Eric and Wendy Schmidt Transformative Technology Fund. The team includes Prof. Rick Register (CBE), Prof. Rod Priestley (CBE) and Prof. Craig Arnold (MAE). The team will develop a novel 3D Nanorheometer technology for studying material properties at the nanoscale, including the properties of liquid-phase RNA/Protein organelles.

4/30/14 - Shani and Cliff back from another great outreach visit to Kilmer Elementary School in Trenton. The students were excited to hear about some of the advantages of careers in STEM, and learn about our lab's work on phase transitions in cells.

4/22/14 - Cliff awarded the Wentz Junior Faculty Award!

4/9/14 - Cliff back from his second Searle Scholars meeting in Chicago. Great to see old and new friends, and play with some of the exhibits especially the impact crater simulation, during the reception at the Adler Planetarium.

4/4/14 - Congrats to Steph for giving an awesome talk at the BioE colloquium!

3/19/14 - Cliff back from giving a seminar at Penn CBE. Thanks especially to Dennis Discher, John Crocker, and Daeyeon Lee for being great hosts!

3/5/14 - Cliff back from the APS March meeting in Denver. Some great sessions on biological phase transitions!

2/18/14 - Cliff wins Sloan Award!

2/10/14 - Congrats to undergrad William Gilpin for being accepted into many fantastic Ph.D. programs including Harvard, Stanford, and Yale.

1/6/13 - The Brangwynne lab welcomes 1st year CBE Ph.D. students Sara Chuang, Nicole Taylor, and Lian Zhu!

12/19/13 - Brangwynne lab members back from a fantastic 2013 ASCB meeting in New Orleans. Highlights include a great talk by Marina in Cliff's Physics of the Nucleus Session, Posters by Steph, Sravanti and Marina, and the first ever ASCB Brangwynne lab dinner. Looking forward to next year in Philadelphia!

12/5/13 - Thanks to everyone for coming to the second annual Brangwynne Lab Holiday Party - yummy food, desserts, drinks, and Secret Santa (Cliff scores "Cube Robot").

11/3/13 - Congratulations to Nilesh for winning a highly prestigious Helen Hay Whitney Fellowship!! Must've been the Shoes!!

10/25/13 - Congrats to Marina for giving a great talk at the CBE Graduate Student Symposium!

10/24/13 - UPDATE: An nice article about Marina's paper was posted on the Princeton University homepage!  A story also appeared in The Atlantic, Chemical & Eng. News, and The Scientist.

10/21/13 - Shani, Nilesh, and Cliff are back from a fantastic meeting of HFSP Team Helicase, UIUC 2013! Thanks to Sua Myong and Younghoon Kim for organizing another great gathering!

10/12/13 - Brangwynne lab Retreat 2013 was awesome!

10/2/13 - Cliff back from a nice meeting in Goettingen Germany on "Physics of the Embryo"

10/1/13 - Marina's Gravity paper finally published in Oct. 1 issue of Nature Cell Biology

9/25/13 - Cliff back from giving a seminar at Dartmouth. Thanks especially to Jamie Moseley, Erik Griffin, and Amy Gladfelter for being great hosts!

9/11/13 - Welcome undergrads Bruna Favetta, William Gilpin, Amogha Tadimety, and Adrienne Fung!

9/6/13 - Cliff wins NSF CAREER Award!!

9/6/13 - The first monthly BioEngineering Colloquium in Hoyt was great!

9/4/13 - Annual end of summer lab party at Cliff's house was a success (highlight was Sravanti's compliment of Cliff's homebrew: "Not disgusting, even tastes kind of like beer!")

8/22/13 - Soft Matter Gordon Conference was fantastic. We're looking forward to the next one two years from now!

7/5/13 - Marina's paper accepted at Nature Cell Biology!

7/2/13 - Congrats to Cliff on "recruiting" the newest lab member (out of the womb!)

6/10/13 - The Brangwynne lab welcomes rising senior (Princeton CBE) Adrienne Fung!

6/4/13 - Congratulations to Brangwynne lab alumni Max Jacobson, Nikhil Chervu, Jeff Wang, and the other members of the Class of 2013!

5/16/13 - Art of Science Update: Jamie's "Medusa" image wins 3rd place in People's Choice award! Medusa and the other beautiful images are getting lots of press coverage: The Scientist, Huffington Post, CNN, New Scientist, National Geographic

5/10/13 - Congrats to rotation student Jamie Barr and undergrad William Gilpin, whose pictures were selected for inclusion in the 2013 Princeton Art of Science Exhibition!!

4/27/13 - Congrats to athletes including Shani, Marina, Cliff, Victor, and the winner Steph, who participated in another Princeton Athletic Club 6k run through the IAS woods! (group photo).

4/23/13 - Cliff back from Searle Scholars meeting in Chicago (received a very nice commemorative plaque). Science, Picassos, great food, and a fantastic group of very interesting people!

4/12/13 - Graduate student Marina Feric gave a great talk at the Developmental Colloquium on her work with Xenopus oocyte nuclei. Congrats on a job well done!

4/12/13 - Cliff back from giving a talk at UConn's Center for Cell Analysis and Modelling.

3/25/13 - Cliff back from giving an invited talk at the APS March Meeting in a session on "Active, Nonequilibrium dynamics in complex cellular networks"  (Session Z47.... the very last one on Friday!).

3/11/12 - Welcome to our new MolBio rotation student Kinnari Matheson !

2/27/13 - The Brangwynne lab has just completed a quick and surprisingly (nearly) painless move to its new and improved location in the Hoyt Laboratory! Come by and visit us!

2/6/13 - Cliff gave a lecture for ELE547C entitled "The Biophysics of Cell Growth: Building Organisms of Just the Right Size". Thanks to Prof. Sigurd Wagner for organizing a great Graduate Seminar Course.

2/6/13 - The Brangwynne lab back from the Biophysical Society Meeting in Philadelphia - congrats to Steph, Sravanti, and Marina for presenting posters. Thanks to the organizers of the symposium on "Mechanics in the Nucleus" (Lab members report that Cliff gave a good talk even though the infamous "Hoff" slide was not included).

2/4/13 - Cliff begins teaching CBE 505, Advanced Heat and Mass Transfer.

1/22/13 - Congrats to Chris Sosa for passing his First Proposition (General Exam)!

1/2/13 - Welcome to our new Staff Scientist/Lab Manager Carlos Chen!

12/20/12 - Cliff back from a great ASCB meeting in San Francisco. Thanks to RNA minisymposium co-chair Tracy Johnson and the other speakers for a terrific session!

12/7/12 - Thanks to everyone for the great food and company at the Brangwynne lab Holiday party ("official pic" + bonus angelic mini Shani)

12/1/12 - Congrats to the hearty Brangwynne lab athletes who successfully ran the 6k Winter Wonder Run through the IAS Woods this Saturday!

11/30/12 - Cliff and Sravanti spent the morning with 8th grade students at Kilmer Elementary School in Trenton, sharing the excitement of science, microfluidics, and worm biology. Thanks to Mrs. Millner and her great class!

11/26/12 - Our HFSP Team is now back from a wonderful meeting in Germany:  Dresden Helicase 2012! Thanks to our collaborator Christian Eckmann for a great job organizing the meeting, including an awesome hike with beautiful views and even Thanksgiving dinner!

11/5/12 - Welcome to our new postdoc Nilesh Vaidya!

11/3/12 - The Brangwynne lab has survived superstorm Sandy! Cliff's house power is back after 4 candlelit and chilly nights; hopefully everybody else is soon back too. Thanks to Shani for opening up her home to the bedraggled!

10/5/12 - Congratulations to Wanliang, whose paper has been accepted at Soft Matter!

9/25/12 - The Brangwynne lab welcomes a crop of newbies including Senior Thesis Students Max Jacobson and Nikhil Chervu and rotation students Jack Lu and Jamie Barr. Also welcome back to undergraduates Jeff Wang and William Gilpin.

9/14/12 - Cliff wins NIH New Innovator Award!

9/1/12 - The Brangwynne lab welcomes postdoc Shani Elbaum!

8/23/12 - The first annual Brangwynne lab (end-of)Summer Pizza Party was a success!

6/23/12 - The Brangwynne lab welcomes postdoctoral fellow Sravanti Uppaluri!

6/18/12 - The Brangwynne lab welcomes high school student Prianca Tawde!

6/15/12 - Cliff back from giving a talk at a conference on Molecular Crowding at Monte Verita in Switzerland. Thanks to Guiseppe Foffi for organizing a great meeting! 

6/11/12 - The Brangwynne lab welcomes REU Student Brittany Henderson!

6/4/12 - Congrats to Axel Shum for winning the Ticona Award for Outstanding Senior Thesis for his work on nucleoli in the Brangwynne lab!

5/18/12 - Steph and Cliff's review article accepted at Cell !

5/17/12 - Postdoc Steph Weber is awarded a highly prestigious fellowship from the Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation! Congratulations Steph!

5/10/12 - Cliff back from giving a seminar at Queens College (CUNY) - what a fun and highly interactive audience. 

5/8/12 - Thanks to Christian Eckmann and Sua Myong for a great kickoff meeting for our HFSP grant - Princeton 2012!

5/7/12 - Thanks to speakers and participants at the stimulating Princeton RNA/granule mini meeting!

4/30/12 - Congratulations to PhD student Chris Sosa for being awarded a very competitive DOE fellowship!

4/20/12 - Congrats to Brangwynne lab postdoc Steph Weber, whose PhD work in the Theriot lab on non-thermal fluctuations in bacteria has just been published in PNAS

4/18/12 - Cliff back after giving a talk at AbSciCon in Georgia - the only thing the audience will remember is "The Hoff" Slide!

4/13/12 - Cliff is named a Searle Scholar for 2012 (let them eat cake!)

3/26/12 - The Brangwynne lab leads an international team awarded a 3-year HFSP Program Grant to study RNA helicases in RNP bodies (see HFSP press release)

3/15/12 - Cliff becomes core faculty member of the Quantitative & Computational Biology (QCB) Program

3/12/12 - The Brangwynne lab welcomes Mol Bio rotation student Wen Yih Aw!

2/22/12 - Cliff officially becomes Associated Faculty member of the Molecular Biology Department

2/13/12 - Congratulations to Jeff Wang for being awarded a Stoll Fellowship!

1/25/12 - Congratulations to Marina Feric for passing her General Examination with flying colors!

1/17/12 - Cliff back from giving a seminar at McGill. Thanks to Gary Brouhard and colleagues for being fantastic hosts!

1/9/12 - The Brangwynne lab welcomes PhD student Chris Sosa!

11/21/11 - Cliff back from giving Physics of Living Cells seminar at UIUC. Thanks to Sua Myong and TJ Ha for hosting!

11/9/11 - Cliff back from giving a seminar at Johns Hopkins and hanging out with the Seydoux lab (thanks for the Oysters!)

11/2/11 - Cliff back after giving a seminar at UChicago. Thanks to Margaret Gardel and her fun and interesting colleagues for hosting!

10/29/11 - The Brangwynne lab welcomes undergradute Physics major William Gilpin!

10/28/11 - Farewell to visiting theorist Zi Chen who is off to do a postdoc with Larry Taber. Best of luck Zi!

10/26/11 - Cliff back from a productive and interesting Xenopus Resource Meeting at the MBL

10/21/11 - Thanks to honorary Branwynne lab member and DNA cloning Jedi Andrey Pozniakovskiy for spending the week with us (photo). Have fun during the rest of your visit to the US!

10/11/11 - Cliff back from an amazing Soft Matter Weitzfest weekend at Harvard ( Congrats to Dave Weitz for turning 60! (see infamous historical photo of "unknown authenticity")

10/10/11 - Confocal is installed and functional! (the best things come to those who wait)

10/1/11 - Welcome to undergraduate research assistant Jeff Wang!

9/20/11 - Welcome Senior Thesis Students Axel Shum and Jason Pan!

9/16/11 - The Brangwynne lab welcomes postdoctoral fellow Steph Weber!

6/29/11 - The Brangwynne lab welcomes high school student Ethan Li and undergraduate Ankita Gumaste

6/10/11 - Brangwynne lab went to the Mid Atlantic Soft Matter Meeting at Penn. Congrats to Daniel and Marina for their nice soundbite talks!

4/7/11 - Marina off to the CSHL Xenopus course, have fun!

4/6/11 - We received our Certificate of Occupancy and can move into the new lab!  (see pics)

2/1/11 - Start of Professor Brangwynne's class CBE 433/533, Mechanics and Dynamics of Soft Living Matter

1/28/11 - Paper on nucleolus size and shape accepted at PNAS!

1/8/11 - PhD students Daniel Salas & Marina Feric join the lab!

1/1/11 - Official start of Brangwynne lab at Princeton


The history of Cliff's discovery, and rapid explosion of research on intracellular phase separation, are highlighted in this Nature article (with nice quotes from Cliff and Lian)

Liquid condensates in cell physiology and disease [Science, 2017]

Using light to control phase transitions in living cells [Cell, 2017]

Coexisting liquid phases structure the nucleolus [Cell, 2016]

RNA controls polyQ protein phase transitions [Molecular Cell, 2015]

The Disordered P granule Protein Laf-1 Drives Phase Separation into Droplets with Tunable Viscosity and Dynamics [PNAS, 2015]

Inverse size scaling of the nucleolus by a concentration dependent phase transition (Current Biology, 2015)

Our work on the nucleolus featured in Science magazine article (brief quote from Cliff!)

A nuclear F-actin scaffold stabilizes RNP droplets against gravity in large cells (Nature Cell Biology, 2013)

RNA/protein phase transitions are heating up! (see our review in Cell)

Our "discovery of a new state of biological matter" highlighted in Science magazine

Our article in Soft Matter on the emerging field of liquid intracellular protein bodies selected as "Hot Article"

Nucleolus size and shape governed by liquid properties PNAS 2011