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Roya Zandi

Roya Zandi

Associate Professor

Department of Physics & Astronomony
Physics 3026
(951) 827-2096

Research Areas

  • Theoretical Condensed Matter Physics & Biophysics

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.


Ph.D. 2001, University of California, Los Angeles



NSF CAREER Award (2007)


  1. Roya Zandi and David Reguera, "Mechanical properties of viral capsids", Physical Review E 72, 021917 (2005). cond-mat/0510009
  2. Michael Slutsky, Roya Zandi, Yacov Kantor and Mehran Kardar, "Apex exponents for polymer--probe interactions", Physical Review Letters 94, 198303 (2005). cond-mat/0409055
  3. Roya Zandi, David Reguera, Robijn Bruinsma, William Gelbart and Joseph Rudnick, "Origin of icosaheral symmetry in viruses", Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA, 101, 15549 (2004).
  4. Roya Zandi, Joseph Rudnick and Mehran Kardar, "Casimir forces, surface fluctuations and thinning of superfluid films", Physical Review Letters 93, 155302 (2004). cond-mat/0404309
  5. Roya Zandi, Ramin Golestanian, and Joseph Rudnick, "Electromechanical stiffening of rods and tubes", Applied Physics Letters 84, 5467 (2004).

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