Dr. Naomi Oppenheimer

School of Physics and Astronomy
ביה"ס לפיזיקה ואסטרונומיה סגל אקדמי בכיר
Dr. Naomi Oppenheimer
Phone: 03-6407267
Office: Shenkar Physics, 404


Dr. Naomi Oppenheimer is interested in complex fluids, statistical mechanics, soft matter, and biology-inspired physical systems. She uses theoretical analytical tools, numerical simulations, and a dash of experiments. 


Research achievements include: predicting the effect of protein concentration on membrane viscosity, understanding why crumpled paper is shapeable, and studying the hydroelastic effect of a particle surfing its own wave in a thin elastic sheet. 


Future directions include: studying heterogeneous materials in biology and for next-generation functional materials. For example: self-organization properties of active rotating particles in a 2D fluid, the effective properties of complex fluids with spatially varying viscosity, morphogenesis and pattern formation in biological systems.


  • B.Sc. in chemistry and physics, Tel Aviv University, 2008

  • P.hD. in Exact Sciences, Tel Aviv University, 2013

Academic Appointments

  • Postdoctoral Fellow, James Franck Institute, The University of Chicago, 2013-2015

  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Princeton University, 2015-2016

  • Research Fellow, Flatiron Institute, The Simons Foundation,  2016-2019

Awards and Prizes

  • The Israel Chemical Society Prize for Excellent Graduate Student, 2012

  • Kadanoff-Rice postdoctoral Fellowship, 2013-2015

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