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Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics


  • 1988 Service de Physique Théorique, Centre d'Etudes Nucléaires de Saclay, Gif-sur-Yvette, France Visiting Scientist
  • 1988-1991: University of Chicago, James Franck and Enrico Fermi Institutes Postdoctoral Research
  • 1991-1996: Princeton University - Assistant Professor of Physics Associated Faculty, Program in Applied and Computational Mathematics
  • 1996-2006: University of Arizona - Associate Professor then Professor of Physics and Applied Mathematics
  • 2006-: University of Cambridge Schlumberger Professor of Complex Physical Systems, DAMTP


The primary focus of my research is biological physics.  Our group conducts both theoretical and experimental research on problems of evolutionary biology (such as the evolution of multicellularity), developmental biology, and aspects of nonequilibrium phenomena unique to living systems.  We also conduct research on natural pattern formation in the physical and biological world.  

Selected Recent Publications

1. Coffee Stains, Cell Receptors, and Time Crystals: Lessons From the Old Literature, Raymond E. Goldstein, Physics Today 71, 32-38 (2018).

2. Time-Irreversibility and Criticality in the Motility of a Flagellate Microorganism, Kirsty Y. Wan and Raymond E. Goldstein, Physical Review Letters 121, 058103 (2018).

3. The Noisy Basis of Morphogenesis: Mechanisms and Mechanics of Cell Sheet Folding Inferred from Developmental Variability, Pierre A. Haas, Stephanie Höhn, Aurelia R. Honerkamp-Smith, Julius B. Kirkegaard, and Raymond E. Goldstein PLOS Biology 16, e2005536 (2018).

4. Why Clothes Don't Fall Apart: Tension Transmission in Staple Yarns, Patrick B. Warren, Robin C. Ball, and Raymond E. Goldstein, Physical Review Letters 120, 158001 (2018).

5. Aerotaxis in the Closest Relatives of Animals, Julius B. Kirkegaard, Ambre Bouillant, Alan O. Marron, Kyriacos C. Leptos, and Raymond E. Goldstein, eLife 5, e18109 (2016).

6. Batchelor Prize Lecture: Fluid Dynamics at the Scale of the Cell, Raymond E. Goldstein, Journal of Fluid Mechanics 807, 1-39 (2016).

7. Instabilities and Solitons in Minimal Strips, Thomas Machon, Gareth P. Alexander, Raymond E. Goldstein, and Adriana I. Pesci, Physical Review Letters 117, 017801 (2016).

8. Coordinated Beating of Algal Flagella is Mediated by Basal Coupling, Kirsty Y. Wan and Raymond E. Goldstein, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA 113, E2784-93 (2016).



Swirling Instability of the Microtubule Cytoskeleton
DB Stein, G De Canio, E Lauga, MJ Shelley, RE Goldstein
– Physical Review Letters
Turing’s diffusive threshold in random reaction-diffusion systems
P Haas, R Goldstein
The fluid dynamics of collective vortex structures of plant-animal worms
G Fortune, A Worley, A Sendova-Franks, N Franks, K Leptos, E Lauga, R Goldstein
Direct Measurement of Unsteady Microscale Stokes Flow Using Optically Driven Microspheres
N Bruot, P Cicuta, H Bloomfield-Gadêlha, R Goldstein, J Kotar, E Lauga, F Nadal
Nuclear crowding and nonlinear diffusion during interkinetic nuclear migration in the zebrafish retina
A Azizi, A Herrmann, Y Wan, SJ Buse, PJ Keller, RE Goldstein, WA Harris
– Elife
Stability of dancing Volvox
T Ishikawa, TJ Pedley, K Drescher, RE Goldstein
– Journal of Fluid Mechanics
Stress-Induced Dinoflagellate Bioluminescence at the Single Cell Level.
M Jalaal, N Schramma, A Dode, H de Maleprade, C Raufaste, RE Goldstein
– Phys Rev Lett
Stress-Induced Dinoflagellate Bioluminescence at the Single Cell Level.
M Jalaal, N Schramma, A Dode, H de Maleprade, C Raufaste, RE Goldstein
– Physical review letters
CCDC61/VFL3 is a paralog of SAS6 and promotes ciliary functions
T Ochi, V Quarantotti, H Lin, J Jullien, I Rosa E Silva, F Boselli, DD Barnabas, CM Johnson, SH McLaughlin, SMV Freund, AN Blackford, Y Kimata, RE Goldstein, SP Jackson, TL Blundell, SK Dutcher, F Gergely, M van Breugel
– Structure (London, England : 1993)
Subpopulations and Stability in Microbial Communities
PA Haas, NM Oliveira, RE Goldstein
– Physical Review Research
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Research Group

Biological Physics and Mechanics




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