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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 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