About the Hirst Lab

Prof Linda Hirst’s research group carried research on a variety of different soft materials. Current projects include:

  • Liquid crystal/nanoparticle composite materials
  • Lipid membrane structure and phase behavior
  • Biopolymer Networks
  • 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