**Office Location:** 096 Physics Bldg, Durham, NC 27708**Email Address:** socolar@phy.duke.edu**Web Page:** http://www.phy.duke.edu/~socolar

**Specialties:**

Nonlinear dynamics and complex systems

Theoretical condensed matter physics

Biological physics

**Education:**

Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania, 1987

BA, Haverford College, Haverford, PA, 1980

**Research Categories:** *Theoretical Condensed Matter Physics; Nonlinear Dynamics; Systems Biology*

**Research Description:** Prof. Socolar is interested in the principles that determine
collective behavior in condensed matter and dynamical systems.
His current research interests include:

- Organization and function of complex dynamical networks, especially biological networks, but also including electronic circuits and social interaction networks;
- Mechanistic models of genetic regulatory networks;
- Limit-periodic structures, quasicrystals, packing problems, and tiling theory.
- Self-assembly of colloidal particles with designed interactions.

**Areas of Interest:**

Theoretical condensed matter physics

Nonlinear dynamics and control theory

Statistical mechanics in nonequilibrium systems

Complex Boolean networks

Genetic regulatory networks

Aperiodic Tilings

Duke Center for Systems Biology

Center for Theoretical and Mathematical Sciences

Center for Nonlinear and Complex Systems

Duke Network Analysis Center

Program in Computational Biology and Bioinformatics

**Teaching (Fall 2015):**

- Physics 161d.001,
*Fundamentals of physics i*Synopsis- Physics 154, TuTh 10:20 AM-11:20 AM

- Physics 161d.01d,
*Fundamentals of physics i*Synopsis- Physics 154, W 01:15 PM-03:15 PM

**Recent Publications**
(More Publications)

- Y Yang, L Fu, C Marcoux, JE Socolar, P Charbonneau and BB Yellen,
*Phase transformations in binary colloidal monolayers.*, Soft matter, vol. 11 no. 12 (March, 2015), pp. 2404-2415 [doi] [abs]. - Y. Yang, L. Fu, C. Marcoux, P. Charbonneau, J.E.S. Socolar, B. B. Yellen,
*Phase transformations in binary colloidal monolayers*, Soft Matter (February, 2015) [doi] [abs]. - M. Sun, X. Cheng, and J. E. S. Socolar,
*Regulatory logic and pattern formation in the early sea urchin embryo.*, Journal of theoretical biology, vol. 363 (December, 2014), pp. 80-92 [doi] [abs]. - Y. Yang, L. Fu, C. Marcoux, J. E. S. Socolar, P. Charbonneau, B. B. Yellen,
*Martensitic transformations in binary colloidal monolayers*, PNAS (Submitted, October, 2014) . - Marcoux, Catherine and Byington, Travis W. and Qian, Zongjin and Charbonneau, Patrick and Socolar, Joshua E. S.,
*Emergence of limit-periodic order in tiling models.*, Physical review. E, Statistical, nonlinear, and soft matter physics, vol. 90 no. 1 (July, 2014), pp. 012136, American Physical Society [PhysRevE.90.012136], [doi] [abs].

**Highlight:**

Prof. Socolar is interested in the principles that determine collective behavior in condensed matter and dynamical systems. His current research interests include:

- Limit-periodic structures, quasicrystals, packing problems, and tiling theory.
- Self-assembly of colloidal particles with designed interactions.
- Organization and function of complex dynamical networks, especially biological networks, but also including electronic circuits and social interaction networks;
- Mechanistic models of genetic regulatory networks;

**Bio/Profile**

For more information, see
Prof. Socolar's Home Page.

**Current Ph.D. Students**(Former Students)- Sargis Karapetyan
- Catherine Marcoux

**Postdocs Mentored**- Xianrui Cheng (September 01, 2012 - March 01, 2013)
- Volkan Sevim (March, 2008 - August, 2010)
- Bjorn Samuelsson (November, 2005 - August 31, 2007)

**Selected Invited Lectures***Autonomous Boolean modeling of gene regulatory networks*, May 07, 2012, Mathematical Biosciences Institute, Ohio State U.*Hierarchical freezing in a limit-periodic structure*, October 15, 2011, Princeton Center for Theoretical Science*Periodicity and chaos in delayed Boolean networks*, July 19, 2011, ICIAM Conference, Vancouver, Canada*Relaxation to a limit-periodic ground state*, May 23, 2011, Haverford College, Haverford, PA*Dynamics of Random Networks and Boolean Models*, June 28, 2009, Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley, MA