Wesleyan portrait of Francis W. Starr

Francis W. Starr

Professor of Physics

Exley Science Center, 227

Director, College of Integrative Sciences

Professor, Integrative Sciences

Professor, Molecular Biology and Biochemistry


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BS Carnegie Mellon University
MS Boston University
PHD Boston University

Francis W. Starr

The Starr group focuses on the emergent complexity of soft matter physics and biophysics. We combine computational and theoretical methods to explore lipid membranes, glass formation, DNA nanotechnology, polymers, and supercooled water. See the research page for a more complete discussion. In Prof. Starr's group, undergraduates and graduates work side-by-side, emphasizing the connections of our work to those of our experimental collaborators.

Prof. Starr is also the Director of the College on Integrative Sciences (CIS), which is dedicated to providing students with translational and interdisciplinary science education through original research. The CIS summer research program hosts around 180 students annually.

Academic Affiliations

Office Hours

Fall 2017:  Tuesday 3:15-4:15pm and Wednesday 9-10am

Available by appointment, and usually happy to talk anytime my door is open (most of the time).


Spring 2018
CIS 322 - 01
Senior Colloquium II: CIS

PHYS 316 - 01
Thermal/Statistical Physics