Gautam I. Menon 

Gautam I. Menon

The Institute of Mathematical Sciences,
C.I.T. Campus, Taramani
Chennai 600 113, INDIA

Tel +91-44-2254 3266 
Fax +91-44-2254 1586 

Driven States, ICTP(Apr '06)

Interface Of Life (Jan '08)

Molecular Motors, Tracks and Transport (Jan '10)

Workshop and Conference on Infectious Diseases (Sep '10)

Academic Ethics (July '11)

Dynamics Days Asia Pacific (July '14)

Mathematics for Health and Disease (April '15)

My research applies methods from statistical mechanics to problems in condensed matter physics and biophysics.

Much of my work has been in the field of type-II superconductivity, including theoretical approches to problems such as flux-lattice melting, vortex glass structure and correlations, the peak effect, dynamical states in driven disordered flux-line arrays, the surface melting of the flux lattice and models for data from muon-spin rotation experiments.

Some results: the first direct observation of the vortex glass phase (PRL '04), the resolution of a puzzle in muon-spin rotation experiments on flux-line systems (PRL '06), the theory of the surface melting of the vortex lattice (PRL, '06, PRB, '07), a thermodynamically consistent theory for flux-lattice melting (PRB, '07, and earlier work) and peak effect anomalies in type-II superconductors (PRB-RC,'07,PRB,'10).

Older work includes a proposal for a universal phase diagram for weakly disordered superconductors (PRB, '02, MPLB '01, Physica '01, Phase Transitions '02), reentrant melting of vortex lines (PRL, '96), correlations in disordered fluids and the melting of the disordered flux-lattice (PRL, '94), the theory of muon-spin-rotation experiments in disordered superconductors (PRB, '98) and density functional approaches to flux-lattice melting (PRL, '91, PRB, '96).

My current work centres around the phase behaviour of disordered superconductors, relating theoretical models and their predictions to experimental data (PRB, '12), the use of muon-spin-rotation methods to study novel vortex glass phases (PRL '13) and driven disordered periodic media.

I've also been interested in several problems across soft condensed matter, biological physics and statistical mechanics. Some work: the modeling of double stranded DNA with bubbles (PRL, '05, Biophys J '13), active membranes (PRE, '02, EPJE, '09), motor microtubule mixtures (PRE, '04), sheared colloids (PRE,'09), liquid crystal statics and dynamics (PRE '08, PRE '08, PRE '09, JCP '09,JCP '10, Chaos '10) and polymer rings (PRE '08, J. Stat. Phys '08, JSM '10, EPJE '12).

Some of my old papers are archived.

The modeling of infectious diseases is a special interest of mine. We have been working on developing complex agent-based models for the spread of diseases, incorporating geo-spatial data with social data and large-scale simulations.

Several current collaborations focus on understanding active (molecular motor-driven) intracellular transport. Specific recent interests are: the organization of chromatin (stem cell chromatin fluctuations: Biophys. J '13) and large-scale nuclear architecture. An active matter description of nuclear architecture is discussed in Nucleic Acids Research '14 and J. Stat Mech '16. Read the paper here.

For interested students: IMSc has initiated a new Computational Biology program . For more about biology research at IMSc, see Biology at IMSc


  • Ph.D, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India (1994) 
  • Visiting Fellow, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai, India (1994-96) 
  • Post-doctoral Fellow/Sessional Instructor, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, Canada (1996-98) 
  • Fellow, The Institute of Mathematical Sciences, Chennai, India (1998-2003) 
  • Reader, The Institute of Mathematical Sciences, Chennai, India (2003-2006) 
  • Associate, Indian Academy of Sciences, India (1996-2001) 
  • DST Fast Track Fellowship (2002)
  • Swarnajayanti Fellowship (2005)
  • Professor, The Institute of Mathematical Sciences, Chennai, India (2006-) 
  • DAE-SRC Outstanding Research Investigator (2010-) 
  • APS Outstanding Referee (2011) 
  • Visiting Professor, NUS Singapore (Oct, 2011 - April, 2013 ) 
  • Professor H, The Institute of Mathematical Sciences, Chennai, India (2012-) 
  • Outstanding Reviewer Award: Reports on Progress in Physics, IOP, UK - 2016 (2017) 

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