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Alison Patteson

Alison Patteson

Research Assistant Professor

229C Physics Building

Research Interests

  • Non-equilibrium dynamics of bacterial suspensions
  • Cytoskeletal polymers in animal cell migration
  • Engineering microfluidic technologies for cell culture assays
  • Rheology of active cellular materials


2016 Ph. D. in Mechanical Engineering
University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia

2016 M.A. in Mechanical Engineering
University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia

2011 B.S. Physics
B. S. Mathematics
Kutztown University

Awards & Professional Honors

  • 2018 Dissertation Award in Statistical and Non-linear Physics, American Physical Society
  • 2012 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow
  • 2011 Syed R. Ali-Zaidi Award for Academic Excellence, Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education

Selected Publications

A. E. Patteson*, A. Gopinath*, and P. E. Arratia. Active colloids in complex fluids. Current Opinion in Colloid & Interface Science. 21 86-96, arXiv:1602.02693 (2016).

A. E. Patteson, A. Gopinath, P. K. Purhot, and P. E. Arratia. Particle diffusion in active fluids is non-monotonic in size. Soft Matter. 12 2365, arXiv:1505:05803 (2016).

A. E. Patteson, A. Gopinath, M. Goulian, and P. E. Arratia. Running and tumbling with E. coli in polymeric solutions. Scientific Reports 5 15761, arXiv:1511.00708 (2015).

A. E. Koser, L. Pan, N. C. Keim, and P. E. Arratia. Measuring material relaxation and creep recovery in a microfluidic device. Lab on a Chip. 13 1850 (2013).

*Denote equal contribution

Research Spotlight

Fluorescent mouse embryo

Immunofluorescence image of mouse embryo fibroblasts showing DNA (blue), actin (red), and vimentin intermediate filaments (green), which form a perinuclear cage.