Corey O'Hern

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

Contact Information

Corey O'Hern, PhD

Mailing Address

  • Department of Mechanical Engineering & Materials Science, P. O. Box 208286

    New Haven, CT, 06520-8286

    United States

Biography

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

Activities

  • 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:http://jamming.research.yale.edu/

Honors & Recognition

AwardAwarding OrganizationDate
NSF Cyber-Enabled Discovery and Innovation AwardNational Science Foundation2008
NSF Faculty Early Career Development AwardNational Science Foundation2005
Graduated Summa Cum LaudeDuke University1994
Phi Beta KappaDuke University1994

Professional Service

OrganizationRoleDate
American Physical SocietyGroup on Nonlinear and Statistical Physics of the American Physical Society2008 - 2011

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