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1988: Dipl.-Phys., TU München

1992: Dr. rer. nat., TU München

1993-95: Postdoc at Harvard University, DFG postdoctoral fellow

1995-97: Postdoc at University of Oxford

1996-97: EU TMR Marie Curie fellow, JRF at Linacre College, Oxford

1997-98: Senior scientist, TU München, DFG habilitation fellow

1999: Dr. rer. nat. habil., TU München

1999-2003: Assistant professor, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

2003-2006: Associate professor, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

Summer 2005: CNRS research associate, University of Paris-Sud, Orsay

Fall 2005: Senior visiting member, Linacre College, Oxford University

Since 2006: Professor, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

Summer/fall 2012: Sabbatical at Institut des Systemes Complexes - Paris Ile-de-France (ISC-PIF)

Nov. 2013: elected Fellow of the American Physical Society (APS)

Since Feb. 2016: Director, Center for Soft Matter and Biological Physics

**Structural phase transitions:**

Influence of defects; dynamics; central peak

(Landau-Ginzburg theory of disordered systems; renormalization group).

**Dynamic critical behavior near equilibrium phase transitions:**

Universality classes; anomalies in the ordered phase of isotropic systems;

crossover behavior; stability against non-equilibrium perturbations

(Langevin equations; dynamic field theory; renormalization group).

**Phase transitions and scaling in systems far from equilibrium:**

Directed percolation; Burgers/Kardar-Parisi-Zhang equation;

branching and annihilating random walks; diffusion-limited reactions;

driven diffusive systems; driven-dissipative Bose-Einstein condensation

(master and Langevin equations; field theory; renormalization group;

Monte Carlo simulations).

NSF "nugget" (powerpoint):
Reaction-controlled
diffusion

DOE "highlight" (powerpoint):
Non-equilibrium
Relaxation and Critical Aging for Driven Ising Lattice Gases

**Statistical mechanics of flux lines in superconductors:**

Mapping to boson quantum mechanics; influence of correlated disorder;

properties of the Bose glass phase; vortex transport and flux pinning;

critical properties of the normal- to superconducting transition with
disorder;

voltage and flux density noise; non-equilibrium relaxation and aging features

(path integral description; Monte Carlo and Langevin dynamics simulations).

DOE "highlight" (powerpoint):
Magnetic Field Quench Effects on Vortex Relaxation Dynamics in Disordered Type-II Superconductors

**Applications of statistical physics to biological problems:**

Glassy properties of prokaryotic bacteria; receptor-ligand binding kinetics

on cell membranes; predator-prey population dynamics ->
movies;

cyclic competition models in ecology; evolutionary population dynamics

(mean-field and Smoluchowski theory; field theory;
Monte Carlo simulations).

NSF "nuggets" (powerpoint):
Correlations in chemical
reaction kinetics

Complex patterns and
fluctuations in stochastic lattice models for predator-prey competition and
coexistence

Stochastic lattice
models for predator-prey coexistence and host-pathogen competition

My research has in the past been funded by the Deutsche
Forschungsgemeinschaft,

the European Commission TMR program,
the U.S. National Science Foundation,

the U.S. Army Research Office, and
the Jeffress Memorial Trust.

Current funding through the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Basic Energy

Sciences under grant no. DE-FG02-09ER46613 is gratefully acknowledged.

Preprints

Obituary Prof. Dr. Franz Schwabl (1938 - 2009)

Lecture notes Field theory approaches to nonequilibrium dynamics;

published in Springer Lecture Notes in Physics 716.

Isaac Newton Institute School

Non-equilibrium dynamics of interacting particle systems,
Cambridge, U.K., March 27 - April 7, 2006:

Lecture notes
Field-theoretic approaches to interacting particle systems.

97th Statistical
Mechanics Conference, Rutgers University, May 6-8, 2007:

Invited talk
Current distribution in driven diffusive systems.

Second annual French complex systems summer school,

Lyon and Paris, France, July 15 - August 10, 2008

Fluctuations and correlations in complex systems: An introduction to stochastic
nonlinear dynamics.

2009 Boulder
school for condensed matter and materials physics:

Nonequilibrium statistical mechanics - fundamental problems and applications,

Boulder, Colorado, USA, July 6 - 24, 2009.

EPSRC symposium workshop on non-equilibrium dynamics of spatially
extended interacting particle systems (NEQ),

Warwick, U.K., January 11 - 13, 2010: Invited talk

Stochastic predator-prey models: population
oscillations, spatial correlations, and the effect of randomized rates.

Model and data hierarchies
for simulating and understanding climate: simulation hierarchies for climate
modeling,

Institute for Pure and Applied Mathematics (IPAM), UCLA, Los Angeles,
California, USA, May 3 - 7, 2010:

Invited talk (powerpoint)
Stochastic fluctuations and emerging correlations in simple reaction-diffusion
systems.

Continuum Models and Discrete
Systems Symposium 12,

Centre for Applied Mathematics and Computational Science, Saha Institute of
Nuclear Physics,

Kolkata, India, February 21 - 25, 2011: Invited talk (powerpoint)

Stochastic population oscillations in spatial predator-prey models.

49. Internationale
Universitätswochen für Theoretische Physik,

Schladming, Austria, February 26 - March 5, 2011: Four lectures

Renormalization Group: Applications in Statistical Physics;
lectures 1 & 2;
lectures 3 & 4;
lecture notes.

Arnold Sommerfeld Center
for Theoretical Physics, Ludwig-Maximilians University Munich,

Sommerfeld Theory Colloquium, December 12, 2012:
slides;
Nonequilibrium
Relaxation and Aging Kinetics (Video).

STATPHYS 25, XXV IUPAP Conference
on Statistical Physics, Seoul, South Korea, July 22 - 26, 2013:

Invited talk (powerpoint)
Environmental vs.
demographic variability in stochastic lattice predator-prey models;

see also invited talk at
2014 APS March Meeting, Denver, CO, March 3 - 7, 2014.

2nd
Workshop on Statistical Physics, Bogota, Columbia, September 22 - 26, 2014:
lecture slides.

Conference Renormalization Methods in Statistical Physics and Lattice Field
Theories,

Montpellier, France, August 24 - 28, 2015:

Invited talk
Critical dynamics in driven-dissipative Bose-Einstein condensation.

STATPHYS 26 Satellite Meeting, Non-Equilibrium Dynamics in
Classical and Quantum Systems: From Quenches to Slow Relaxations,

Pont-\`a-Mousson, France, July 13, 2016: Invited talk
Aging scaling in driven
systems.

Physics Department Colloquium (powerpoint):

The 2016 Nobel
prize in physics: Topological phase transitions and topological phases of
matter

Introducing a unified framework for describing and understanding complex
interacting systems common in physics, chemistry, biology, ecology, and the
social sciences, this comprehensive overview of dynamic critical phenomena
covers the description of systems at thermal equilibrium, quantum systems,
and non-equilibrium systems.

Powerful mathematical techniques for dealing with complex dynamic systems
are carefully introduced, including field-theoretic tools and the perturbative
dynamical renormalization group approach, rapidly building up a mathematical
toolbox of relevant skills. Heuristic and qualitative arguments outlining the
essential theory behind each type of system are introduced at the start of
each chapter, alongside real-world numerical and experimental data, firmly
linking new mathematical techniques to their practical applications. Each
chapter is supported by carefully tailored problems for solution, and
comprehensive suggestions for further reading, making this an excellent
introduction to critical dynamics for graduate students and researchers
across many disciplines within physical and life sciences.

List of contents:

Chap. 1: Equilibrium critical phenomena

Chap. 2: Stochastic dynamics

Chap. 3: Dynamic scaling

Chap. 4: Dynamic perturbation theory

Chap. 5: Dynamic renormalization group

Chap. 6: Hydrodynamic modes and reversible mode couplings

Chap. 7: Phase transitions in quantum systems

Chap. 8: Non-equilibrium critical dynamics

Chap. 9: Reaction-diffusion systems

Chap. 10: Active to absorbing state transitions

Chap. 11: Driven diffusive systems and growing interfaces

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