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  Marija Vucelja   Marija Vucelja
Assistant Professor , Theoretical Condensed Matter Physics
Ph.D., 2010, Weizmann Institute of Science

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Theoretical Condensed Matter

Marija Vucelja is a theoretical physicist interested in biophysics, soft condensed matter and computational physics. She studied mixing and clustering of particles in flows; problems that are relevant for understanding the formation rain droplets and planetesimals, clustering of pollutants on water surfaces and many industrial applications. She derived the compressibility of surface flows and described the aggregation-disorder transition of particles in flows. Using “chaotic mixing” she substantially accelerated certain Monte Carlo algorithms (the main numerical tools for studying complex systems). Next, Marija studied the emergence of clones in populations. Drawing analogies between glassy systems and population dynamics she calculated the rate of coalescence (the probability of two individuals belonging to the same clone). Marija is working on inference problems in biophysics, topology of structural glasses, and on developing efficient algorithms for studying glassy systems.






E. Kussell and M. Vucelja, 
Non-equilibrium physics and evolution - adaptation, extinction, and ecology: a Key Issues review
Rep. Prog. Phys. 77, 192602 (2014) 



M. Vucelja, K. S. Turitsyn and M. Chertkov, 
Extreme-value statistics of work done in stretching a polymer in a gradient flow, 
Phys. Rev. E 91, 022123 (2015)



R. Neher, M. Vucelja, M. Mezard and B. I. Shraiman, 
Emergence of clones in sexual populations
J. Stat. Mech. 01, P01008 (2013) 


M. Vucelja, G. Falkovich and K. S. Turitsyn, 
Fractal iso-contours of passive scalar in two-dimensional smooth random flows
J. Stat. Phys. 147, 424 -- 435 (2012) 


K. S. Turitsyn, M. Chertkov and M. Vucelja, 
Irreversible Monte Carlo Algorithms for Efficient Sampling
Physica D 240, 410 — 414 (2011) 



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