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Maxim Lavrentovich
Assistant Professor
Assistant Director of Undergraduate Program

Theoretical Biophysics
Office: 406A Nielsen
Phone: 865-974-5947
mlavrent@utk.edu | Personal Website


Brief Vita
  • PhD in Physics, Harvard University (2014)
  • BA in Physics and Mathematics, Kenyon College (2008)
  • Assistant Professor, University of Tennessee Department of Physics and Astronomy (2017-present)
  • Postdoctoral Scholar, University of Pennsylvania Department of Physics and Astronomy (2014-2017)

Selected Honors
  • UT Society of Physics Students Teacher of the Year Award (2018)
  • Certificate of Excellence and Distinction in Teaching (Harvard University) (2012)
  • NSF Graduate Research Fellow (2009-2012)
  • James Mills Peirce Graduate Fellow (Harvard University) (2008)

  • Research Areas

    pattern formation in biological systems and liquid crystals; driven amorphous systems, directed percolation phase transitions; spatial population genetics; range expansions; nutrient diffusion and absorption in cell clusters; effective medium theories; driven kinetic Ising models; non-equilibrium statistical mechanics


    Selected Publications
    Google Scholar Profile
    • Deciphering melatonin-stabilized phase separation in phospholipid bilayers. Bolmatov, Dima; McClintic, William T.; Taylor, Graham; et al. Langmuir 35 37 (2019). https://doi.org/10.1021/acs.langmuir.9b01534
    • Morphogenesis of lipid domains in the presence of melatonin. Bolmatov, Dima; Lavrentovich, Maxim; Katsaras, John. Abstracts of Papers of the American Chemical Society 257 Meeting Abstract: 695 (2019).
    • From lipid vesicles to lipid onions: a molecular-dynamics simulation study. Carrillo, Jan Michael; Bolmatov, Dima; Lavrentovich, Maxim; et al. Abstracts of Papers of the American Chemical Society 257 Meeting Abstract: 67 (2019).
    • Pollen cell wall patterns form from modulated phases. Radja, Asja; Horsley, Eric M.; Lavrentovich, Maxim O.; et al. Cell 176 4 (2019). https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cell.2019.01.014
    • Aspects of nucleation on curved and flat surfaces. Horsley, Eric M.; Lavrentovich, Maxim O.; Kamien, Randall D. Journal of Chemical Physics 148 23 (2018). https://doi.org/10.1063/1.5030752
    • Genetic drift and selection in many-allele range expansions. Weinstein, Bryan T.; Lavrentovich, Maxim O.; Mobius, Wolfram; et al. Plos Computational Biology 13 12 (2017). https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pcbi.1005866
    • Change in stripes for cholesteric shells via anchoring in moderation. Tran, Lisa; Lavrentovich, Maxim O.; Durey, Guillaume; et al. Physical Review X 7 4 (2017). https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevX.7.041029
    • Period proliferation in periodic states in cyclically sheared jammed solids. Lavrentovich, Maxim O.; Liu, Andrea J.; Nagel, Sidney R. Physical Review E 96 2 (2017). https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevE.96.020101
    • Lassoing saddle splay and the geometrical control of topological defects. Tran, Lisa; Lavrentovich, Maxim O.; Beller, Daniel A.; et al. Proceedings of The National Academy of Sciences of The United States of America 113 26 (2016). https://doi.org/10.1073/pnas.1602703113
    • First-order patterning transitions on a sphere as a route to cell morphology. Lavrentovich, Maxim O.; Horsley, Eric M.; Radja, Asja; et al. Proceedings of The National Academy of Sciences of The United States of America 113 19 (2016). https://doi.org/10.1073/pnas.1600296113
    • Spatially constrained growth enhances conversional meltdown. Lavrentovich, Maxim O.; Wahl, Mary E.; Nelson, David R.; et al. Biophysical Journal 110 12 (2016). https://doi.org/10.1016/j.bpj.2016.05.024
    • Survival probabilities at spherical frontiers. Lavrentovich, Maxim O.; Nelson, David R. Theoretical Population Biology 102 26-39 (2015). https://doi.org/10.1016/j.tpb.2015.03.002
    • Critical fitness collapse in three-dimensional spatial population genetics. Lavrentovich, Maxim O. Journal of Statistical Mechanics-Theory And Experiment P05027 (2015). https://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.1088/1742-5468/2015/05/P05027
    • Asymmetric mutualism in two- and three-dimensional range expansions. Lavrentovich, Maxim O.; Nelson, David R. Physical Review Letters 112 13 (2014). https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevLett.112.138102
    • Radial Domany-Kinzel models with mutation and selection. Lavrentovich, Maxim O.; Korolev, Kirill S.; Nelson, David R. Physical Review E 87 1 (2013). https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevE.87.012103
    • Nutrient shielding in clusters of cells. Lavrentovich, Maxim O.; Koschwanez, John H.; Nelson, David R. Physical Review E 87 6 (2013). https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevE.87.062703
    • Steady-state properties of coupled hot and cold Ising chains. Lavrentovich, Maxim O. Journal of Physics A-Mathematical and Theoretical 45 8 (2012). https://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.1088/1751-8113/45/8/085002
    • Energy flux near the junction of two Ising chains at different temperatures. Lavrentovich, M. O.; Zia, R. K. P. EPL 91 5 (2010). https://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.1209/0295-5075/91/50003
    • A mathematical model of spontaneous calcium(II) oscillations in astrocytes. Lavrentovich, Maxim; Hemkin, Sheryl. Journal of Theoretical Biology 260 2 (2009). https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jtbi.2007.12.011

     

     

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