Corey O'Hern, PhD

Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science and of Physics; Assoc Prof Dept of Mechanical Engineering & Materials Science and Physics; Associate Professor

Departments & Organizations

Biochemistry, Biophysics and Structural Biology: Protein Folding, Dynamics and Degradation

Computational Biology and Bioinformatics: Computational Analysis of Macromolecular Structures | Theoretical Molecular Biology and Computational Algorithms


Prof. O'Hern is an Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering & Materials Science and Physics, co-founder of the Integrated Graduate Program in Physical and Engineering Biology, and Director of Undergraduate Programs for the Raymond and Beverly Sackler Institute for Biological, Physical, and Engineering Sciences. His research employs theoretical and computational methods (e.g. all-atom and coarse-grained molecular dynamics simulations) to tackle a broad range of fundamental questions in soft matter and biological physics. Current projects include the dynamics of protein folding, unfolding, and aggregation, the binding and self-assembly of proteins, and the structural and mechanical properties of cells and tissues in the context of collective cell motion and wound healing.

Education & Training

PhD University of Pennsylvania, Physics (1999)
BS Duke University, Physics (1994)
Postdoctoral Research Associate University of California, Los Angeles
Postdoctoral Research Associate University of Chicago

Honors & Recognition

  • NSF Cyber-Enabled Discovery and Innovation AwardNational Science Foundation (2008)

  • NSF Faculty Early Career Development AwardNational Science Foundation (2005)

  • Graduated Summa Cum LaudeDuke University (1994)

  • Phi Beta KappaDuke University (1994)

Professional Service

  • Group on Nonlinear and Statistical Physics of the American Physical Society American Physical Society (2008 - 2011)

International Activity

  • Jamming and glass transitions in disordered solids Israel (2013 - 2015)

    With colleagues Profs. Itamar Procaccia and Eran Bouchbinder from the Department of Chemical Physics, Weizmann Institute of Science, we are carrying out theoretical and computational studies of disordered solids such as metallic glasses, jammed granular materials, and dense colloidal suspensions. ...

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Contact Info

Corey O'Hern, PhD
Mailing Address
Department of Mechanical Engineering & Materials Science
P. O. Box 208286

New Haven, CT 06520-8286

Curriculum Vitae

Theoretical and Computational Biophysics