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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: