Corey O'Hern, PhD

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

Departments & Organizations

Yale Combined Program in the Biological and Biomedical Sciences (BBS): Biochemistry, Quantitative Biology, Biophysics and Structural Biology (BQBS) | Computational Biology and Bioinformatics

Center for Biomedical Data Science


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

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


  • 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...

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