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Francis W. Starr

Foss Professor of Physics

Professor of Physics

Exley Science Center, 227

Chair, Physics

Associate Director, College of Design and Engineering Studies

Professor, Integrative Sciences

Professor, Design and Engineering Studies

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 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, Art & Society), which aims to prepare students for real world success at the intersection of design and engineering.

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Fall 2024
PHYS 567 - 01
Statistical Mechanics