Prize Recipient

Alison Koser Patteson
University of Pennsylvania


"For outstanding doctoral thesis work on non-equilibrium systems at the interface of active matter and fluid dynamics."


Alison Patteson received her B.S. in Physics and Mathematics in 2011 from Kutztown University of Pennsylvania. She received her Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering in 2016 from University of Pennsylvania, where she was advised by Professor Paulo Arratia. Her thesis work involved experimental investigations of complex flows generated by swimming bacteria. Support for her Ph.D. was provided by a National Science Foundation graduate research fellowship. Alison is now a postdoctoral researcher at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, working with Professor Paul Janmey to study the biomechanics of vimentin intermediate filaments at the cellular level. Alison will join the Department of Physics at Syracuse University as an Assistant Professor in 2018. Her current research interests include problems in cell motility and active living matter.

Selection Committee:

2018 Selection Committee Members: Adilson Motter (Chair), Emanuela Del Gado, Christopher Jarzynski, Nicholas T. Ouellette,