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Jennifer Schwarz

Jennifer Schwarz

Associate Professor of
Physics Department

229A Physics Building

Research Interests

  • Building models of constraint percolation inspired by jamming in granular and glassy systems.
  • Studying the interplay between morphology and rheology in the actin cytoskeleton via rigidity percolation.
  • Looking for discontinuous, disorder-driven localization transitions in quantum systems, a.k.a. quantum constraint percolation.

News Articles

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University Hosts Conference for Undergraduate Women in Physics

Living in the Material World


2002 Ph.D. in Physics
Harvard University
2002 M.A. in Physics
Harvard University
1994 B.S. in Physics (magna cum laude)
University of Maryland, College Park

Awards & Professional Honors

  • National Science Foundation CAREER Award, 2007

Selected Publications

K.-C. Lee, A. Gopinathan, and J. M. Schwarz, "Modeling the formation of in vitro filopodia", J. Math. Biol. 63, 229 (2011).

D. A. Quint and J. M. Schwarz, "Optimal orientation in branched cytoskeletal networks", J. Math. Biol. [Epub. ahead of print] (2010).

M. Jeng and J. M. Schwarz, "Force-balance percolation", Phys. Rev. E 81, 01134 (2010).

L. Cao and J. M. Schwarz, "Quantum k-core conduction on the Bethe lattice", Phys. Rev. E 82, 104211 (2010).

M. Jeng, S.-L-.Y. Xu. E. Hawkins, and J. M. Schwarz, "On the nonlocality of the fractional Schrodinger equation", J. Math. Phys. 51, 062102 (2010).