About the Hirst Lab

Prof Linda Hirst’s research lab¬†carries out research on a variety of different soft materials.¬†Current projects include:

  • Liquid crystal/nanoparticle composites
  • Lipid membrane structure and phase behavior
  • Biopolymer Networks and active matter
  • 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