Michael Murrell

Assistant Professor, Biomedical Engineering and Physics

Member, Systems Biology Institute

Affiliate to the BQBS Program

BS Johns Hopkins, PhD MIT, Postdoc UChicago/Inst Curie

Administrative Staff


Michelle Markey
Lab Administrator

Post-doctoral Associates

Sulaiman Yousafzai Muhammad
PhD, University of Trieste

Scientific Interests: Single cell mechanics, forces in spreading cell aggregates.

Personal Interests: Poetry, good food, history and current affairs.

Pasha Tabatabai
PhD, Georgetown University

Scientific Interests: Energy utilization and dissipation within the cytoskeleton.
Personal Interests: Hiking and cooking.

Vikrant Yadav
PhD, Clark University

Scientific Interests: Active matter physics, biophysics, and Granular Mechanics. Designing low cost experiments.

Personal Interests: Standup comedy and documentaries, reading non-fiction, and physics of social systems.

Camelia (Tusan) Muresan
PhD, University of Southampton

Scientific Interests: Molecular control of cell polarization, mechanotransduction and regenerative medicine.

Personal Interest: Hiking, traveling, science communication, classical music.


Dong Wang
PhD, Duke University

Scientific Interests: Migration of cells on soft substrates, granular materials.

Personal Interest: Soccer, movies and history.

Graduate Students

Danny Seara
Physics Department, NSF Graduate Fellow
BS, New York University

Scientific Interests: Non-equilibrium statistical mechanics, stochastic processes, active matter theory and simulation.

Personal Interests: History and philosophy of science, science communication, outreach, writing music.

Sorosh Amiri
Mechanical Engineering
MS, Sharif University of Technology

Scientific Interests: Mechanobiology of cell migration in confined spaces.

Personal Interests: Performing music, traveling, animation. 

Undergraduate Students


Aaliyah Ibrahim
Biomedical Engineering Department

  Frank Fazekas
Physics Department 


Ian Linsmeier (PhD, December 2018)

Gwilherm Jaspard (Graduate student, Ecole Polytechnique, Summer 2017)

Joel Lemiere (Postdoc, 2016-2017)