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Francis W. Starr

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 a 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.

Academic Affiliations

Office Hours

Fall 2019:  Tuesday 1:30-2:30pm and Wednesday 9:30-10:30am

Available by appointment, and I do my best to accomodate drop-ins.


Fall 2020
IDEA 210 - 01
Materials and Mechanics

PHYS 213 - 01
Waves and Oscillations