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Francis W. Starr

Foss Professor of Physics

Professor of Physics

Exley Science Center, 227

Professor, Integrative Sciences

Professor, Molecular Biology and Biochemistry

Director, Integrated Design, Engineering and Applied Science


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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 more details. 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 also leads the IDEAS program (Integrated Design, Engineering, & Applied Science), which aims to prepare students for real world success at the intersection of design and engineering.

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Fall 2020:  Office hours are via Zoom during the COVID pandemic. Send me email for hours and a Zoom link.


Fall 2021
PHYS 567 - 01
Statistical Mechanics

Spring 2022
CIS 222 - 01
Research Frontiers Sciences II

PHYS 358 - 01
Condensed Matter