Michael Murrell

Associate 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: Assembly and mechanics of biomaterials, 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.

Laura Lanier
PhD, University of Massachusetts - Amherst

Scientific Interests: Biophysics, nanomechanics, regenerative medicine.

Personal Interest: Reading fiction, baking and quilting.

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. 

Daniel Green
Physics Department
BA, Swarthmore College

Scientific Interests: Biophysics and Non-equilibrium thermodynamics.

Personal Interests: Soccer, music, stand-up comedy.

Zachary Sun
Physics Department
BA & BS, University of Massachusetts - Amherst

Scientific Interests: Non-equilibrium Statistical Mechanics, Stochastic processes (theory), Cell force generation, Artificial cells (experiment).

Personal Interests: Basketball, creative writing/poetry, flute, language acquisitions.

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)