About the Hirst Lab

Prof Linda Hirst’s lab carries out research on all kinds of interesting soft materials. Current projects include:

  • Active fluids and  biopolymers
  • Liquid crystal/nanoparticle composites
  • Lipid membrane structure and phase behavior
  • Molecular packing and defects at curved interfaces

Our group is a member of the physics graduate group at The University of California Merced in the School of Natural Sciences.

The group receives generous funding from

Soft Matter and biophysics at the University of California, Merced