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Syracuse University, College of Arts and Sciences

Alison Patteson

Patteson portrait

Assistant Professor


229-C 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

Research Spotlight


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


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


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