Research Groups

Newfoundland & Labrador

  • Mike Morrow (Memorial University – Physics & Physical Oceaonography)
  • Erika Merschrod (Memorial University – Chemistry) Nanomechanical mapping of biomaterials including natural tissue; mechanical response in hierarchical materials.
  • Kris Poduska (Memorial University – Physics & Physical Oceaonography) Structural disorder and materials properties in solids, including soft materials.
  • Ivan Saika-Voivod (Memorial University – Physics & Physical Oceaonography)
  • Stefan Wallin (Memorial University – Physics & Physical Oceaonography) Computational studies of protein folding, interactions and evolution.
  • Anand Yethiraj (Memorial University – Physics & Physical Oceaonography) Structure and dynamics of colloids, emulsions and macromolecular complexes.

Nova Scotia

  • Laurent Kreplak (Dalhousie University)
    Structure and mechanics of protein filaments
  • Andrew Rutenberg (Dalhousie University)
    Collagen fibril structure, biological physics, theory.

Prince Edward Island

  • Maria Kilfoil (University of Prince Edward Island) Dynamics and mechanical properties of biological and active materials, such as cell cytoskeleton and DNA networks
  • James Polson (University of Prince Edward Island) Computer simulations to study the physical properties of polymers in crowded and confined environments.


  • Nikolas Provatas (McGill University)
    Non-equilibrium phase transformations, materials science, solidification, domain growth, interfaces and defects, nucleation, pattern formation in reaction-diffusion systems.
  • Reghan J. Hill (McGill University – Chemical Engineering) Electrokinetics and microhydrodynamics, especially of nanoparticles, hydrogels and their nanocomposites.


  • Greg van Anders (Queen’s University) Theoretical and computational soft matter; colloids; nanostructured materials; inverse design approaches.
  • John de Bruyn (Western University) Physics and applications of soft materials, including polymer-based materials, gels, granular materials, non-Newtonian fluid dynamics, biological materials, and the physics of biological systems
  • Jeff Chen (University of Waterloo)
    The current thrust of my research group is to establish a fundamental understanding of the structures, states, and dynamics of soft matter systems such as semiflexible polymers, as well as liquid crystals and their defect structures.
  • Kari Dalnoki-Veress (McMaster University)
    Experiments in soft and living matter at surfaces and interfaces
  • Eric De Giuli (Ryerson University) Statistical physics of complex systems (amorphous materials, chemical reaction networks, syntactic structure)
  • Colin Denniston (Western University)
    Multiscale modelling of nanostructured soft materials
  • John Dutcher (University of Guelph)
    Soft matter and biological physics at surfaces
  • Gonca Erdemci-Tandogan (Western University) Computational and theoretical soft and biological matter, cell and tissue mechanics, collective cell behaviour, developmental biophysics, physics of viruses, polymers
  • Bae-Yeun Ha (University of Waterloo)
    Theoretical soft matter and biophysics; confined polymers; biomolecular crowding; chromosome organization; interactions between peptide antibiotics and membranes; bacterial outer membranes
  • Jim Harden (University of Ottawa)
  • Mikko Karttunen (Western University) Multiscale modeling of soft and biological matter; lipid bilayers, proteins, cellulose, cell motility, polymers, pattern formation and systems out of equilibrium.
  • Zhao Pan (University of Waterloo – Mechanical & Mechanotronics Engineering) Droplets and bubbles, biofluids for plants and animals, bio-inspired design, high-speed imaging.
  • Arun Ramchandran (Complex Fluids Laboratory, University of Toronto) Microfluidics, shear-induced particle migration, particle – surface interactions, rheology, thrombosis, ocular fluid mechanics
  • An-Chang Shi (McMaster University)
    Theoretical soft condensed matter physics
  • Russell Thompson (University of Waterloo)
    Theory of block copolymers, nanocomposite materials, self-assembled nanostructures, self-consistent field theory, computational physics
  • Robert Wickham (University of Guelph)
    Theoretical Soft Matter Physics


  • John Page (University of Manitoba)
    Probing soft matter (e.g, food biomaterials) with ultrasound Soft acoustic metamaterials



  • Megan Engel (University of Calgary) Nonequilibrium statistical mechanics, differentiable molecular dynamics simulation, biomolecular materials design. 
  • Giovanniantonio Natale (University of Calgary) We employ a combination of experimental and theoretical approaches to investigate bulk and interfacial rheological properties of complex and biological fluids, colloidal suspensions and their nonequilibrium behaviour (active colloids)
  • Zhiwei Peng (University of Alberta) Theoretical and computational mechanics of active matterĀ 
  • Philip Y. K. Choi (University of Alberta) Molecular simulations and theory of polymer solution thermodynamics and polymer dynamics

British Columbia

  • John Bechhoefer (Simon Fraser University) Information theory and experimental tests in statistical physics
  • Gwynn Elfring (University of British Columbia) Research into the mechanics of soft matter, including cell biomechanics, mechanics of active suspensions, interfacial rheology and instabilities, and non-Newtonian flow physics
  • James J. Feng (University of British Columbia) Complex fluids, interfacial flows, and modeling of biological cells and tissues
  • Nancy Forde (Simon Fraser University) Biophysics, molecular motors, mechanics of proteins, biopolymers, microrheology.
  • Barbara Frisken (Simon Fraser University) Experimental studies focused on the relationship between structure and materials properties in soft matter
  • Joerg Rottler (University of British Columbia) Computational soft condensed matter, polymer physics, nonequilibrium behavior of amorphous materials
  • David Sivak (Simon Fraser University) Nonequilibrium statistical mechanics and inference in biological energy and information transduction