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Research Highlight


This is a video abstract of our recent paper "Modeling chemotaxis of adhesive cells: stochastic lattice approach and continuum description", published in the New Journal of Physics, 2014.

Evgeniy Khain - Bio

I was born in Russia and graduated from the Mathematical School No. 444 (Moscow). After receiving my Ph.D. in Physics from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (Israel) in 2005, I was a postdoctoral fellow at the Michigan Center for Theoretical Physics, University of Michigan (Ann Arbor). In August 2007, I joined the Department of Physics at Oakland University (Rochester, Michigan). I am married to Julia and have two children, Tali and Daniel.

Research Directions

  • Emergent collective behavior of multicellular biological systems:
    • Migration of adhesive and proliferative brain tumor cells: investigation of front propagation
    • Clustering of brain tumor cells
    • The role of hypoxia (lack of oxygen) in migration of brain tumor cells
    • Fingering in invasive tumor growth
  • Population dynamics:
    • Effects of large fluctuations in population dynamics
  • Granular flows:
    • Instabilities and fluid-solid coexistence in dense shear granular flow
    • Phase separation in vibrated granular monolayer
    • Instabilities in driven granular gases

See Research page for more details.


I serve as the organizer of the Department of Physics weekly colloquia; here is the Colloquium Schedule