Principal Investigator

Peter YunkerPeter Yunker – Assistant Professor in the School of Physics

Contact: peter.yunker(at)                           Google Scholar Profile

Peter’s interests are soft matter physics, biophysics, and golden retrievers.

Postdoctoral Fellows

Skanda Vivek – Postdoc, Physics, 2017-present

Contact: skanda.vivek(at)                                           Google Scholar Profile

Skanda did his PhD at Emory University with Eric Weeks in soft matter physics. There he used colloids as model systems to probe dimensionality aspects in liquids and glasses. Currently he is interested in using the tools of soft matter to understand living systems. Outside of physics, he is a classically trained south Indian (Carnatic) singer, plays guitar and enjoys the outdoors.

Graduate Students

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Shane Jacobeen – PHD Student, Physics, 2014-present

Contact: shane.jacobeen(at)

Shane started at GT after earning his B.S. in physics from Lebanon Valley College. Originally drawn to physics by a fascination with understanding how things work, he is currently interested in pursuing a career in industry. Outside of physics, his interests include working out, being outdoors, and exploring the south.


groupicArben Kalziqi – PHD Student, Physics, 2013-present

Contact: arben(at)

Ben is primarily interested in exploring the intersection of theory and experiment, and how we may use novel computational and manufacturing techniques to bring them closer together. Outside of research, he is a competitive powerlifter with the Georgia Tech Barbell Club and “enjoys” driving himself insane by correcting the many scientific misunderstandings he finds on the internet.


jonathanJonathan Michel – PHD Student, Physics 2013-present

Contact: jonathan.micel(at)

Jonathan is investigating the relationship between structure and mechanics in experiments. He hails from St. Louis and is thus a Cardinals fan. He is also an excellent (and very knowledgeable) baker.


David Yanni

David Yanni, PhD student, Physics, 2015-present

Contact: dyanni3(at)

David is currently interested in how concepts from condensed matter physics can be useful in describing phenomena observed in biological systems. Outside of physics, he is a student of Islam and likes to do any sport involving a board.


Undergraduate Students


Nathaniel MooreNathaniel Moore

Contact: natemo13(at)

Nathan is a 4th year undergrad studying Physics with a concentration in Astrophysics and an interest in Physics Education.  He grew up in Atlanta and enjoys Theatre, composing music, and designing video games.


Colin Brandys

Contact: cgbrandys22(at)

Colin is an undergraduate at Georgia Tech. He pursues physics as a means to explain and understand interesting phenomena. When not working, he enjoys hockey, climbing, video games and playing music.


Shawn Sanderlin

Contact: ssanderlin3(at)

Laura Yang

Contact: ylaura9797(at)

Laura is a second year undergraduate who is primarily interested in the interaction between biofilm spatial structure and antibiotics. She wants to learn more about interdisciplinary approaches to pathogen-related problems.


Lab Alumni

Brent Limyansky (Undergraduate alumnus, GT BS, Physics 2016) – Physics grad school at UC Santa Cruz.

Samuel (Edward) Finley-Price (Undergraduate alumnus, GT BS, Physics 2016) – optical systems engineering.

Elyes Graba (Undergraduate alumnus, GT BS, Physics 2017) – Machine Learning Engineer at AnswerRocket




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