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Alison Patteson

Alison Patteson

Alison Patteson

Assistant Professor


209 Physics Building




  • 2016 Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
  • 2016 M.A. in Mechanical Engineering, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
  • 2011 B.S. Physics and B.S. Mathematics, Kutztown University

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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

Research Spotlight


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

Honors and Awards
  • 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

A&S Faculty Collect Top National Awards and Grants

(March 2, 2023)

EES professor Tripti Bhattacharya, physics professor Alison Patteson and chemistry professor Olga Makhlynets are recognized for their innovative and noteworthy research contributions.

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.

Viewing a Microcosm Through a Physics Lens

(April 19, 2022)

Research could have implications on human health and medicine.

A&S Physicist and Chemist Awarded NIH MIRA Grants

(Nov. 23, 2021)

The five-year awards will fund Alison Patteson’s and Davoud Mozhdehi’s protein research.

Keeping SARS2 Out of the Cell

(Feb. 10, 2021)

A&S physicists are leading a team of researchers who are one of the first to pinpoint a novel method of using anti-vimentin antibodies to block cellular uptake of the coronavirus.

Shielding the Cell

(Dec. 13, 2019)

A&S Professor Uncovers 'Cage' of Proteins

New Faculty Snapshot: Alison Patteson

(May 2, 2018)

The new research assistant professor of physics comes to Syracuse from the University of Pennsylvania