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Moumita Das


School of Physics and Astronomy
College of Science
Program Faculty, School of Mathematics and Statistics

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School of Physics and Astronomy,\n Rochester Institute of Technology,\n Rochester, NY 14623

Moumita Das


School of Physics and Astronomy
College of Science
Program Faculty, School of Mathematics and Statistics


BS, MS, Jadavpur University (India); Ph.D., Indian Institute of Science (India); Postdoc, Harvard University, UCLA, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (The Netherlands)


I am interested in collective behavior in soft materials, particularly biological systems that involve an interplay between mechanics, (equilibrium or non-equilibrium) statistical mechanics, geometry, and structural properties.


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Journal Paper
Francis, Madison, et al. "Non-monotonic Dependence of Stiffness on Actin Crosslinking in Cytoskeleton Composites." Soft Matter 15. (2019): 9056. Print.
Farhadi, Leila, et al. "Actin and Microtubule Crosslinkers Tune Mobility And Control Co-localization in a Composite Cytoskeletal Network." Soft Matter. (2020): Advance article. Web.
Kornick, K., et al. "Population Dynamics of Mitochondria in Mammalian Cells: A Minimal Mathematical Model." Frontiers in Physics 7. (2019): 146. Web.
Gurmessa, B., et al. "Triggered Disassembly and Reassembly of Actin Networks Induce Rigidity Phase Transitions." Soft Matter 15. (2019): 1335. Print.
Gurmessa, B., et al. "Counterion crossbridges enable robust multiscale elasticity in actin networks." Physical Review Research 1. (2019): 13016. Web.
Ricketts, Shea, et al. "Varying crosslinking motifs drive the mesoscale mechanics of actin-microtubule composites." Scientific Reports 246. (2019): 12831. Web.
Song, W, et al. "Dynamic Self-Organization of Microwell-Aggregated Cellular Mixtures." Soft Matter 12. (2016): 5739--5746. Print.
Silverberg, J.L., et al. "Structure-function relations and rigidity percolation in the shear properties of neonatal bovine articular cartilage." Biophysical Journal 107. (2014): 1721. Print.
Invited Keynote/Presentation
Das, Moumita. "Phase Separation Dynamics of Cell Co-cultures with Different Mechano-adhesive Properties." Bridging Cellular and Tissue Dynamics from Normal Development to Cancer: Mathematical, Computational, and Experimental Approaches. BIRS. Banff, Alberta, CA. 17 Jun. 2019. Conference Presentation.
Das, Moumita. "Mechanical Structure Function Properties of Subcellular and Extracellular Networks." Stochastic Physics in Biology. Gordon Research Conference. Ventura, CA. 8 Jan. 2019. Conference Presentation.
Das, Moumita. "Structure function properties of extracellular networks: Mechanics and crack propagation." Generation and Control of Forces in Cells. NORDITA. Stockholm, Sweden. 14 Jun. 2018. Conference Presentation.
Das, Moumita. "Collective behavior underlying biological response: Role of criticality and hetero-geneity." Non-Classical behaviors in Biological Matter. Johns Hopkins University and AFOSR. Arlngton, VA. 24 Sep. 2019. Conference Presentation.

Currently Teaching

0 - 9 Credits
Masters-level research by the candidate on an appropriate topic as arranged between the candidate and the research advisor.
0 Credits
Continuation of Thesis
1 - 9 Credits
Dissertation research by the candidate for an appropriate topic as arranged between the candidate and the research advisor.
4 Credits
This is a course in calculus-based physics for science and engineering majors. Topics include kinematics, planar motion, Newton's Laws, gravitation, work and energy, momentum and impulse, conservation laws, systems of particles, rotational motion, static equilibrium, mechanical oscillations and waves, and data presentation/analysis. The course is taught in a workshop format that integrates the material traditionally found in separate lecture and laboratory courses.
3 Credits
This course is a continuation of a survey of modern physics beyond the topics introduced in Modern Physics I. Central topics include the physics of multi-electron atoms, molecular structure, fundamentals of statistical physics applied to systems of particles, elementary solid-state physics, applications to semiconductor materials and simple devices, and basic elements of nuclear physics.
3 Credits
This course is an introduction to the principles of classical thermodynamics and its statistical basis, including: equations of state, the first and second laws of thermodynamics, microscopic basis of entropy, temperature and thermal equilibrium, thermodynamic potentials, applications of thermodynamics, kinetic theory of gases, and Boltzmann and quantum statistics.
1 - 3 Credits
This course is a faculty-directed student project or research involving laboratory work, computer modeling, or theoretical calculations that could be considered of an original nature. The level of study is appropriate for students in their final two years of study.

In the News

  • May 8, 2023

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    Squishing the barriers of physics

    Four RIT faculty members are opening up soft matter physics, sometimes known as “squishy physics,” to a new generation of diverse scholars. Moumita Das, Poornima Padmanabhan, Shima Parsa, and Lishibanya Mohapatra are helping RIT make its mark in the field.

  • September 29, 2021

    environmental portrait of Associate Professor Moumita Das.

    RIT part of collaborative NSF project to program biological cells to design futuristic materials

    Associate Professor Moumita Das is part of a team of researchers that was recently awarded a $1.8 million grant from the National Science Foundation to design and create next-generation materials inspired and empowered by biological cells. The team’s goal is to create self-directed, programmable, and reconfigurable materials—using biological building blocks including proteins and cells—that are capable of producing force and motion.