Roya Zandi

Ph.D. 2001, UCLA

My research interest lies in the fields of statistical mechanics and condensed matter physics. A principal area of current research is the statistical mechanics of virus assembly, both equilibrium and nonequilibrium aspects. I am, in particular, interested in the influences of electrostatic and entropic mechanisms on the stability of viral structure and on the dynamics of the self-assembly process. Other current projects include the statistical mechanics of both neutral and charged polymers, the dynamics of the passage of polymers through membrane pores, knot theory and Casimir forces in superfluid films.