Aparna Baskaran has received the 2019 Early Career Award for Soft
Matter Research by the American Physical Society “for pathbreaking
advances in our understanding of the physics of soft materials out of
equilibrium, especially active and granular matter.”
Baskaran is an associate professor in the Martin A. Fisher School of
Physics at Brandeis University, where she has been on the faculty since
Her research centers on understanding theoretical principles that
underlie nonequilibrium phenomena in soft materials and physical
Her research also involves close collaboration with experimentalists
and computer simulators to understand and model particular systems, from
which she extracts theoretical ideas that transcend the context of
their origin and apply to broad classes of nonequilibrium systems,
according to a press release.
She received her undergraduate degree from
Pondicherry University in 2001 and her doctorate from the University of
Florida in 2006.
The early career award recognizes outstanding and sustained
contributions by a young researcher to the field of soft matter during
his or her initial period of full-time employment.