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Dr. Erika Eiser

Dr. Erika Eiser

Reader in Soft Matter Physics

Fellow of Sidney Sussex College

Optoelectronics Group,
Cavendish Laboratory,
University of Cambridge,
JJ Thomson Avenue,

Cambridge, CB3 0HE
Office Phone: +44 (0)1223 337263


After studying physics at the Univ. of Konstanz (Germany) I received my PhD degree from the Weizmann Institute, Israel, in soft matter physics. Following postdoctoral research at in Montpellier and the ESRF in Grenoble (France), I joined the University of Amsterdam as Assistant Professor, where I started developing strategies to drive DNA-driven self-assembly of colloids using various microscopy methods. My group continues this work in Cambridge.

Research groups


Research Interests

My group develops new materials using self-assembly and controlled aggregation processes. In particular, we use DNA functionalized colloids to design porous gels for applications in photonics and new battery materials. Further, we study the mechanical properties of protein gels.  Our interdisciplinary research combines experimental physics, physical chemistry, and biochemistry, as well as simulations.

Key Publications

L. Di Michele, E. Eiser, V. Fodera, ‘Minimal Model for the Self-catalysis in the Formation of Amyloid-like Elongated Fibrils’, J. Phys. Chem. Lett., 4, 3158 (2013).

 L. Di Michele, F. Varrato, J. Kotar, S.H. Nathan, G. Foffi, E. Eiser, ‘Multistep kinetic self-assembly of DNA-coated colloids’, Nature Communications, 4:2007, DOI: 10.1038/ncomms3007 (2013).

 F. Varrato, L. Di Michele, M. Belushkin, N. Dorsaz, S.H. Nathan, E. Eiser, G. Foffi, ‘Arrested demixing: from gels to bigels’, PNAS, doi 10.1073 (2012).

L. Di Michele, T. Yanagishima, A. R. Brewer, J. Kotar, E. Eiser and S. Fraden, “Interactions between colloids induced by a soft cross-linked polymer substrate.” Phys. Rev. Lett., 107, 136101 (2011).

A. Kumachev, J. Greener, E. Tumarkin, E. Eiser, and E. Kumacheva, “High throughput generation of hydrogel beads with varying elasticity enabling cell differentiation” BioMaterials32, 1477-1483 (2011).

T. Yanagishima, D. Frenkel, J. Kotar, and E. Eiser, “Real-time monitoring of complex moduli from micro-rheology”, J.Phys.: Condens. Matter, 23, 194118 (2011)

Complete List of  Publications