On Leave Spring semester
Assistant Professor of Applied Mathematics
Physical Applied Mathematics
Jörn Dunkel received Diplomas in Physics (2004) and Mathematics (2005) from the Humboldt University Berlin. He completed his PhD in Statistical Physics under Peter Hänggi at the Universität Augsburg in 2008. After two years of postdoctoral research at the Rudolf-Peierls Centre for Theoretical Physics in the University of Oxford, he spent three years as a Research Associate at DAMTP in the University of Cambridge. In August 2013, he joined the MIT Mathematics Department as Assistant Professor in Physical Applied Mathematics.
Working at the intersection of statistical and biological physics, Jörn's current research focuses on how physical properties of individual cells or microorganisms determine self organization, development and biological function in multicellular complexes. To this end, his group is developing and investigating mathematical models that describe dynamical behavior and structure formation in microbial and soft matter systems. Jörn was elected to a Junior Research Fellowship in Physics at Mansfield College, University of Oxford in 2008, and was named Research Fellow at Murray Edwards College, University of Cambridge in 2011. He is the recipient of the 2011 Gustav Hertz Prize of the German Physical Society.
Jörn was awarded an Alfred P Sloan Research Fellowship in 2015. In 2016 Jörn was awarded an Edmund F. Kelly Research Award, "in recognition of work that applies mathematical methods to a new area or that offers a fundamentally new perspective on a classical problem." He also received the Complex Systems Scholar Award from the James S. McDonnell Foundation in 2016. He was selected as an Outstanding Referee by the American Physical Society in 2017.