Gaurav Arya

Gaurav Arya

Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering & Materials Science (beginning July 1, 2017)

Gaurav Arya will join the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science at the Duke University Pratt School of Engineering beginning July 1, 2017.

With expertise in modeling the motion and interactions of atoms and molecules, Arya seeks to predict macroscopic properties of soft matter for applications ranging from solar energy to cancer diagnosis and treatment.

Arya earned his bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology – Bombay before completing his PhD in the same field at the University of Notre Dame in 2003. He then held postdoctoral research and assistant research scientist positions at Princeton University and New York University, respectively, before joining the faculty of UC-San Diego in 2007.


  • PhD, University of Notre Dame 2013

Research Interests

Computational methods to provide fundamental, molecular-level understanding of biological and material systems, with the aim of discovering new phenomena and developing new materials and technologies. The methods we use or develop are largely based on statistical mechanics, molecular modeling and simulations, stochastic dynamics, coarse-graining, bioinformatics, machine learning, and polymer/colloidal physics.

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