Dr Étienne Fodor


  • 2017-present: Junior Research Fellowship, St Catherine's College, University of Cambridge
  • 2017-present: Oppenheimer Research Fellowship, University of Cambridge
  • 2016-present: Postdoctoral Research Associate, DAMTP, University of Cambridge
  • 2013-2016: PhD Theoretical Physics, Laboratoire Matière et Systèmes Complexes, University Paris Diderot


I am a member of the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics, in the Soft Matter group headed by Prof Michael E Cates. I am interested in the nonequilibrium statistical mechanics of active matter systems, including self-propelled particles, living cells and tissues. My main focus is to delineate genuine nonequilibrium properties from purely thermal effects, to determine to what extent the concepts of equilibrium physics are useful to describe active matter.

Selected Publications

  • C. Nardini, É. Fodor, E. Tjhung, F. van Wijland, J. Tailleur, and M. E. Cates
    Entropy production in field theories without time reversal symmetry: Quantifying the non-equilibrium character of active matter
    Phys. Rev. X 7, 021007 (2017)
  • É. Fodor, C. Nardini, M. E. Cates, J. Tailleur, P. Visco, and F. van Wijland
    How far from equilibrium is active matter?
    Phys. Rev. Lett. 117, 038103 (2016)
  • É. Fodor, W. W. Ahmed, M. Almonacid, M. Bussonnier, N. S. Gov, M.-H. Verlhac, T. Betz, P. Visco, and F. van Wijland
    Nonequilibrium dissipation in living oocytes
    EPL 116, 30008 (2016)
  • É. Fodor, M. Guo, N. S. Gov, P. Visco, D. A. Weitz, and F. van Wijland
    Activity-driven fluctuations in living cells
    EPL 110, 48005 (2015)