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: Forces in spreading cell aggregates.

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

Pasha Tabatabai
PhD, Georgetown University

Scientific Interests: Force propagation in active networks.
Personal Interests: Camping, rock climbing, and traveling.

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.


Graduate Students

Ian Linsmeier
Biomedical Engineering Dept, NSF Graduate Fellow
BS, UW-Madison

Scientific Interests: Active, adaptive materials, and complex biological systems. Design of bioinspired, self-assembling, and light-responsive material.

Personal Interests: 3D printing, CAD platforms, and interactive design.

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.

Undergraduate Students


Aaliyah Ibrahim
Biomedical Engineering Department

  Frank Fazekas
Physics Department 


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

Joel Lemiere (Postdoc, 2016-2017)