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Corey O'Hern, PhD

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


Prof. O'Hern is a 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

  • Postdoctoral Research Associate
    University of California, Los Angeles (2002)
  • Postdoctoral Research Associate
    University of Chicago (2002)
  • PhD
    University of Pennsylvania, Physics (1999)
  • BS
    Duke University, Physics (1994)

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

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

Departments & Organizations