Marija Vucelja

Marija Vucelja

Marija Vucelja
Assistant Professor of Physics

University of Virginia
Department of Physics
392 McCormick Rd.,
Charlottesville, VA, 22904, USA

Physics building, Rm 310 A 

 +1 (917) 822 5245

Marija Vucelja is a theoretical physicist interested in soft condensed matter, computational physics and biophysics. She studied mixing and clustering of particles in flows; problems that are relevant for understanding the formation rain droplets and planetesimals, clustering of pollutants on water surfaces and appear in many industrial applications. She derived the compressibility of surface flows and described the aggregation-disorder transition of particles in flows. Using “chaotic mixing” she substantially accelerated particular Monte Carlo algorithms (the main numerical tools for studying complex systems). Next, Marija examined the emergence of clones in populations. Drawing analogies between glassy systems and population dynamics she calculated the rate of coalescence (the probability of two individuals belonging to the same clone). Marija is working on inference problems in biophysics, the topology of structural glasses, and on developing efficient algorithms for studying glassy systems.