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Statistical mechanics of nonequilibrium systems such as glasses and granular materials; elasticity theories for soft materials, e.g. liquid crystals and biological materials; structural, mechanical, and dynamical properties of proteins including folding, unfolding, and aggregation.
Faculty Early Career Development Award from the National Science Foundation (2005)
Cyber-Enabled Discover and Innovation Award from the National Science Foundation (2008)
Calculations of the basin volumes for mechanically stable packings, S. S. Ashwin, J. Blawzdziewicz, C. S. O’Hern, and M. D. Shattuck, Phys. Rev. E 85 (2012) 061307.
The power of hard-sphere models: Explaining side-chain dihedral angle distributions of Thr and Val, A. Q. Zhou, C. S. O’Hern, and L. Regan, Biophys. J.102 (2012) 2345.
The contact percolation transition, T. Shen, C. S. O’Hern, and M. D. Shattuck,Phys. Rev. E 85 (2012) 011308.
Topology of force networks in compressed granular media, L. Kondic, A. Goullet, C. S. O’Hern, M. Kramar, K. Mischaikow, and R. P. Behringer, Europhys. Lett. 97 (2012) 54001.
Glassy dynamics of crystallite formation: The role of covalent bonds, R. S. Hoy and C. S. O’Hern, Soft Matter 8 (2012) 1215.
The conformational ensembles of Î±-synuclein and Ï: Combining single-molecule FRET and simulations, A. Nath, M. Sammalkorpi, D. C. DeWitt, A. J. Trexler, S. Elbaum-Garfinkle, C. S. O’Hern, and E. Rhoades, Biophys. J. 103 (2012) 1940.
Revisiting the Ramachandran plot from a new angle, A. Q. Zhou, C. S. O’Hern, and L. Regan, Protein Science 20 (2011) 1166.
Repulsive contact interactions make jammed particulate systems inherently nonharmonic, C. F. Schreck, T. Bertrand, C. S. O’Hern, and M. D. Shattuck,Phys. Rev. Lett. 107 (2011) 078301.
Jamming in systems composed of ellipse-shaped particles, M. Mailman, C. F. Schreck, B. Chakraborty, and C. S. O’Hern, Phys. Rev. Lett. 102 (2009) 255501.
A percolation model for glassy dynamics in disordered materials, G. Lois, J. Blawzdziewicz, and C. S. O’Hern,Phys. Rev. Lett. 102 (2009) 015702.
Non-random-coil behavior as a consequence of extensive PPII structure in the denatured state, A. L. Cortajarena, G. Lois, E. Sherman, C. S. O’Hern, L. Regan, and G. Haran, J. Mol. Biol. 382 (2008) 203.