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Principal Investigator


Rana Ashkar                   

(540) 231-5243 
 309 Robeson Hall                                               
850 West Campus Drive,                     
Blacksburg, VA 24061

Graduate Students


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Teshani Omanthika      

Teshani is interested in Membrane Biophysics and Polymer Physics. She is studying collective dynamics in lipid membranes and mechanical properties of cell growth scaffolds. 

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Hadi Rahmani                  

Hadi is working on simulations of lipid bilayers and on theorertical modeling of scattering data from periodic nanostructures with applications in polymer technology and biophysics. 

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Chi Chen                                        

Chi is intrested in biophysics and condensed matter physics. His research is focused on the physical and mechanical aspects of lipid membranes as 2D self-assembled materials.  

Undergraduate Students




Julie Nguyen                        

Julie is a rising senior in Physics on Pre-med track. Her interests include mechanics and biophysics. 


Former Group Members

Postdoctoral Scholars:

Saptarshi Chakraborty

Graduate Students:

Damian Ream

Undergraduate Students:

Alison Gaylord

Liam Weston

Vince Vasudevan 

Andy Jackson