Andrej Košmrlj is an Assistant Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and a member of the Princeton Institute for the Science and Technology of Materials at Princeton University. Prof. Košmrlj has received the NSF Career Award and the Excellence in Teaching Award from the School of Engineering and Applied Science at Princeton University. His research interests are in Mechanics, Soft Matter and Biological Physics. From 2011 to 2015, Prof. Košmrlj was postdoc with David R. Nelson at Harvard University. In 2011, he received a Ph.D. in Physics at MIT, where he was co-advised by Arup K. Chakraborty and Mehran Kardar. Before coming to MIT, Prof. Košmrlj obtained a B. Sc. (2006) in Mathematical Physics from the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia, under the supervision of Primož Ziherl.
Research Projects: Dr. Košmrlj is interested in theoretical and computational research of complex systems ranging from materials Science to the physics of Living systems. His current research includes the design and mechanics of metamaterials, where geometrical shape of structures gives rise to unusual material properties. This includes the role of geometry and topology on the mechanics of structures both at the macro-scale and at the micro-scale, where effects of thermal fluctuations and disorder could be important if one wants to design flexible electronics. sensitive force sensors or micro-actuators. Dr Košmrlj’s current research also investigates the role of mechanics in biological systems, such as mechanics in morphogenesis during embryo development.