Corey O'Hern

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

Biographical Info

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.

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. We are interested in developing fundamental descriptions of avalanches and yielding under applied stress, anharmonicities that occur during vibrations, and slow relaxations and collective rearrangements near jamming. URL:

Education & Training

Duke University (1994)
University of Pennsylvania (1999)
Postdoctoral Research Associate
University of Chicago, Physics (1992 - 2002)
Postdoctoral Research Associate
University of California, Los Angeles, Chemistry & Biochemistry (1999 - 2002)

Honors & Recognition

  • NSF Cyber-Enabled Discovery and Innovation Award
    National Science Foundation (2008)
  • Graduated Summa Cum Laude
    Duke University (1994)
  • Phi Beta Kappa
    Duke University (1994)
  • NSF Faculty Early Career Development Award
    National Science Foundation (2005)

Professional Service

  • Chair-elect, American Physical Society (05/01/2008 - 05/01/2011)

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