Professor Linda S. Hirst received her Ph. D. in Experimental Physics, in December 2001, from the University of Manchester in the UK, where she studied liquid crystal materials. She spent three and a half years as a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Materials Science at the University of California, Santa Barbara, working on biomolecular self-assembly. After serving for three years as a faculty member in the Physics Dept at Florida State University, she joined the faculty at UC Merced in 2008.
Prof Hirst is a member of the board of directors of the International Liquid Crystal Society and the author the textbook “Fundamentals of soft matter science” (CRC press 2012). In addition to her research interests Prof Hirst is the creator of softmatterworld.org, an educational/networking web-site for the international soft matter community.