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Jennifer Ross

Jennifer Ross

Jennifer Ross

Professor and Department Chair


225 Physics Building
Office: 315.443.3894




  • 2004 Ph.D. in Physics, University of California, Santa Barbara
  • 2000 B.A. in Physics and B.A. in Mathematics, Wellesley College, Wellesley, MA

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Research Interests
  • How do cells organize their interiors without a manager?
  • Active matter of biological elements such as cytoskeleton and enzymes
  • Fundamental physics behind exciting biological activities
  • Self-assembly and self-organization of cytoskeleton
Awards & Professional Honors
  • 2018 Fellow of the American Physical Society
  • 2014 Scialog Fellow, Moore Foundation and Research Corporation
  • 2013 National Science Foundation, INSPIRE Award
  • 2013 Margaret Oakley Dayhoff Award, Biophysical Society
  • 2010 Cottrell Scholar, Research Corporation
  • 2005 National Institutes of Health Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award Postdoctoral Grant
Selected Publications

XuG, L. Valdez, A. Sen, J.L. Ross, “Self-propulsion of single enzymes,” Physical Review Letters 123, 12 (2019). arXiv:  https//

EdozieUG, S. SahuG, M. PittaHS, C. Fermino Do RosarioUG, A. EnglertUG, J.L. Ross, “Self-Organization of Spindle-Like Microtubule Structures,” Soft Matter, 15, pp 4797-4807 (2019). doi: bioRxiv:

BelonogovUG*, M.E. BaileyG*, M.TylerG*, J.L. Ross, “Katanin Catalyzes Microtubule Depolymerization Independent of Tubulin Carboxy Terminal Tails,” Cytoskeleton 76, 3, pp 254-268 (2019). *co-first authors contributed equally to experiments, analysis, and writing. doi:

AdvaniG, T.J. Maresca, J.L. Ross, “Creation and testing of a new, local microtubule-disruption tool based on the microtubule-severing enzyme, katanin p60,” Cytoskeleton, 75, 531-544 (2018). doi:

FarhadiG, C. Fermino Do RosarioUG, E.P. Debold, A. Baskaran, J.L. Ross, “Composite Polymer Active Matter” Frontiers in Physics, (2018). doi:

Zhang, N. Kumar, J.L. Ross, 
M.L. Gardel, J.J. de Pablo
, “Interplay of Structure, Elasticity and Dynamics in Actin-Based Nematic Materials,” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, USA, 115, 2, E124–133, (2018). doi:

Department of Physics Holds Second Annual Paid Internship Program for Aspiring Young Scientists in Syracuse

(Aug. 10, 2023)

The Syracuse University Research in Physics program brings Syracuse City School District students to campus labs for six weeks of physics research.

Pair of A&S Professors Receive Prestigious Distinction from the American Association for the Advancement of Science

(Jan. 31, 2023)

Jennifer Ross of the Department of Physics and Jason Wiles of the Department of Biology are honored in recognition of their commitment to the advancement of science.

A Home-Grown Path for Future Physicists

(Aug. 10, 2022)

Syracuse City School District students get a taste for college-level research alongside A&S faculty through the Syracuse University Research in Physics (SURPh) paid internship.

A&S Physicist Part of a Five-University Team Programming Biological Cells to Design Futuristic Materials

(Oct. 1, 2021)

The group’s NSF-funded project will provide a framework for the design of synthetic materials that accomplish biological functions.

Bringing Synthetic Material to Life

(Feb. 9, 2021)

A&S physicist is a co-author on a paper exploring a biological system that may one day be applied to innovative self-healing roads and sidewalks of the future.

Physics Department Does its Part to Help Make Masks

(April 2, 2020)

Department joins in the effort to fight COVID-19.

Physics Department Earns Honors

(Oct. 10, 2019)

Faculty Embody Syracuse’s Research Prowess