Principal Investigator

Peter YunkerPeter Yunker – Assistant Professor in the School of Physics

Contact: peter.yunker(at)

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

Graduate Students

shane jacobeen

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-

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


edwardSamuel (Edward) Finley-Price – Physics Major

Contact: sfp3(at)


elyesElyes Graba – Physics Major

Contact: elyesgraba(at)

Elyes is a 4th year double major in Physics and Computer Science, interested in their at their theoretical boundary and in simulations. He is an Atlanta native who likes to work out, play sports and guitar, and explore and discuss science in real life and online.




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.


Lab Alumni

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



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