Faculty


Christoph Haselwandter

Assistant Professor of Physics and Astronomy and Biological Sciences

Contact Information
E-mail: cah77@usc.edu
Phone: (213) 740-1115
Office: SSC 213B

LINKS
Personal Website
 

Biographical Sketch

Christoph A. Haselwandter studied physics and mathematics at Imperial College London (BSc, 1999-2002) and University of Cambridge (MAS, 2002-2003), and obtained his PhD from Imperial College London on the physics of semiconductor surfaces (2003-2007). Subsequently, Dr. Haselwandter held postdoctoral appointments in the Condensed Matter Theory Group at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (2007-2009) and in the Physical Biology of the Cell Group at California Institute of Technology (2009-2011). In 2012, Dr. Haselwandter joined the Department of Physics and Astronomy at University of Southern California, where his research focuses on theoretical biological physics. Doctor Haselwandter has received numerous awards and honors, including Sloan and Erwin Schrödinger fellowships.

Description of Research

Summary Statement of Research Interests
The research group of Prof. Haselwandter explores the basic physical mechanisms underlying the biological properties of living systems, with particular emphasis on the organization, dynamics, shape, and signaling properties of cell membranes. This research program is motivated by the general prospect that a physical understanding of the organizational principles underlying life will yield new fundamental insights into nature, and that a physical understanding of biological function will also suggest novel approaches for the control and quantitative analysis of living systems. Please see Prof. Haselwandter's personal website for further details.
Research Keywords
1. Statistical physics of biological systems. 2. Self-organization and pattern formation. 3. Membrane-mediated interactions and cooperativity between membrane proteins. 4. Formation and regulation of synaptic membrane domains.

Publications


Journal Article
  • Haselwandter, C. A., Phillips, R. (2013). Directional interactions and cooperativity between mechanosensitive membrane proteins. Europhysics Letters. Vol. 101, pp. 68002.
  • Haselwandter, C. A., Phillips, R. (2013). Connection between Oligomeric State and Gating Characteristics of Mechanosensitive Ion Channels. PLoS Computational Biology. Vol. 9 (5), pp. e1003055.
  • Haselwandter, C. A., Calamai, M., Kardar, M., Triller, A., da Silveira, R. A. (2011). Formation and Stability of Synaptic Receptor Domains. Physical Review Letters. Vol. 106 (23), pp. 238104.
  • Haselwandter, C. A., Phillips, R. (2011). Elastic energy of polyhedral bilayer vesicles. Physical Review E. Vol. 83 (6), pp. 061901.
  • Kohandel, M., Haselwandter, C. A., Kardar, M., Sengupta, S., Sivaloganathan, S. (2011). Quantitative Model for Efficient Temporal Targeting of Tumor Cells and Neovasculature. Computational and Mathematical Methods in Medicine. Vol. 2011
  • Haselwandter, C. A., Phillips, R. (2010). Minimal Bending Energies of Bilayer Polyhedra. Physical Review Letters. Vol. 105 (22), pp. 228101.
  • Haselwandter, C. A., Vvedensky, D. D. (2010). Transient regimes and crossover for epitaxial surfaces. Physical Review E. Vol. 81 (2), pp. 021606.
  • Haselwandter, C. A., Vvedensky, D. D. (2008). Renormalization of atomistic growth models. International Journal of Modern Physics B. Vol. 22 (22), pp. 3721-3755.
  • Haselwandter, C. A., Raymond, L., Verga, A., Vvedensky, D. D. (2008). Occam's razor on surfaces: renormalization of microscopic processes. Journal of Physics: Condensed Matter. Vol. 20 (30), pp. 304203.
  • Haselwandter, C. A., Vvedensky, D. D. (2008). Renormalization of stochastic lattice models: Epitaxial surfaces. Physical Review E. Vol. 77 (6), pp. 061129.
  • Haselwandter, C. A., Vvedensky, D. D. (2007). Renormalization of stochastic lattice models: Basic formulation. Physical Review E. Vol. 76 (4), pp. 041115.
  • Haselwandter, C. A., Vvedensky, D. D. (2007). Multiscale theory of fluctuating interfaces: Renormalization and self-organization. International Journal of Modern Physics B. Vol. 21 (23-24), pp. 4149-4155.
  • Haselwandter, C. A., Vvedensky, D. D. (2007). Langevin equation for self-organized morphologies of thin heteroepitaxial films. Surface Science. Vol. 601 (13), pp. 2762-2764.
  • Haselwandter, C. A., Vvedensky, D. D. (2007). Multiscale theory of fluctuating interfaces: Renormalization of atomistic models. Physical Review Letters. Vol. 98 (4), pp. 046102.
  • Haselwandter, C. A., Vvedensky, D. D. (2007). Fluctuation regimes of driven epitaxial surfaces. Europhysics Letters. Vol. 77 (3), pp. 38004.
  • Haselwandter, C. A., Vvedensky, D. D. (2006). Stochastic equation for the morphological evolution of heteroepitaxial thin films. Physical Review B. Vol. 74 (12), pp. 121408(R).
  • Haselwandter, C. A., Vvedensky, D. D. (2006). Scaling of ballistic deposition from a Langevin equation. Physical Review E. Vol. 73 (4), pp. 040101(R).
  • Chua, A. L., Haselwandter, C. A., Baggio, C., Vvedensky, D. D. (2005). Langevin equations for fluctuating surfaces. Physical Review E. Vol. 72 (5), pp. 051103.
  • Vvedensky, D. D., Baggio, C., Chua, A., Haselwandter, C. A., Vardavas, R. (2003). Stochastic differential equations for driven lattice systems. Contemp. Math. Vol. 330, pp. 185-202.
  • Haselwandter, C., Vvedensky, D. D. (2002). Fluctuations in the lattice gas for Burgers' equation. Journal of Physics A: Mathematical and General. Vol. 35 (41), pp. L579-L584.

Honors and Awards

  • Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship in Physics, 2014-  
  • Erwin Schrödinger Fellowship, 2007-2009  
  • Armstrong Medal & Prize, 2007  
  • Max Kade Fellowship (declined), 2007  
  • Travel Grant of the C R Barber Trust Fund, 2006  
  • Valerie Myerscough Prize, 2005  
  • Tessela Prize for Software, 2002  
  • Tyndall Prize, 2002  




  • Department of Physics and Astronomy
  • University of Southern California
  • 825 Bloom Walk
  • ACB 439
  • Los Angeles, CA 90089-0484