I am assistant professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and a member of the Princeton Institute for the Science and Technology of Materials at Princeton University.

My research interests are in Mechanics, Soft Matter and Biological Physics:

  • Statistical mechanics of thin structures
  • Elastic metamaterials
  • Mechanics during embryo development
  • Physics of adaptive immune system
  • Protein aggregation (model of aging in bacteria, origin for many diseases)
  • Self assembly of colloids

See the Research section for more details.

Short Biography:

From 2011 to 2015 I was postdoc with David R. Nelson at Harvard University. In 2011 I received a Ph.D. in Physics at MIT, where I was co-advised by Arup K. Chakraborty and Mehran Kardar. Before coming to MIT I obtained a B. Sc. (2006) in Mathematical Physics from the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia, under the supervision of Primož Ziherl.

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[March 2018] Sheng Mao was among the finalists for the Postdoctoral Speaker Award presented by the Topical Group on Statistical and Nonlinear Physics (GSNP) in the American Physical Society.ShengMao_GSNP_Award
[February 2018] Andrej Košmrlj was awarded the Excellence in Teaching Award for the School of Engineering and Applied Science.SEASTeachingAward2018
[February 2018] Andrej Košmrlj, Celeste Nelson, Stas Shvartsman and Lisa Manning have co-organized the Mechanics in Morphogenesis Workshop at the Princeton Center for Theoretical Science. MorphogenesisWorkshop2018
[December 2017] Team of Princeton MAE undergraduates (co-advised by Andrej Košmrlj) has advanced to the finals of the NASA Big Idea Challenge competition. Check out their HORUS project on youtube.
[December 2017] Andrej Košmrlj received the NSF CAREER Award
[September 2017] Sijie Tong wins the Summerfield Second Year Fellowship.
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[June 2017] Cecilia Stoner wins the Outstanding Leadership Award in Materials and the second prize Donald J. Dike Award for Excellence in Undergraduate ResearchCeciliaStoner_LeadershipAwardCeciliaStoner_DikeAward
[May 2017] Andrej Košmrlj and Howard A. Stone have co-organized the 7th Northeast Complex Fluids and Soft Matter WorkshopNCS7