Arjun G. Yodh

Arjun G. Yodh

Arjun G. Yodh is the James M. Skinner Professor of Science and the Director of The Laboratory for Research on the Structure of Matter (LRSM) and its NSF-supported Materials Science and Engineering Center (MRSEC) at the University of Pennsylvania. Physics & Astronomy is his home department; he has a secondary appointment in the Department of Radiation Oncology in the Medical School, and he is a member of the Bioengineering Graduate Group. Yodh graduated from Cornell University (1981) with a BSc in Applied & Engineering Physics; he obtained his PhD from Harvard (1986) under the guidance of Tom Mossberg, and he then spent two years at AT&T Bell Laboratories as a post-doc working with Steven Chu and Harry Tom. Yodh joined the faculty at Penn in 1988, where he has remained for his entire career. His current interests span fundamental and applied questions in condensed matter physics, medical and biophysics, and the optical sciences. Most of his experiments involve optics in one way or another. Areas of ongoing research include: soft materials such as colloids, liquid crystals and other complex fluids, networks and films, carbon nanotubes, optical microscopy and micromanipulation, biomedical optics especially for functional imaging and monitoring of living tissues (brain, breast, muscle, spine, placenta) with diffuse light, photodynamic therapy and therapy monitoring with biophotonics, linear/nonlinear optics, and laser spectroscopy. He is a member of several interdisciplinary institutes at PENN including,  The Laboratory for Research on the Structure of Matter (LRSM), the Institute of Medicine and Engineering (IME), the Center for Magnetic Resonance and Optical Imaging (CMROI) and the Abramson Cancer Center. In addition to mentoring many PhD students and post-doctoral associates during his career, Yodh has made significant contributions to education, outreach and diversity at Penn (broadly defined). As LRSM Director, for example, he played a major role creating and implementing a plethora of STEM education and outreach programs that target people at all levels, from K-16 to PhD students, post-docs, teachers, local academe and industry, and the general public. Notable among these efforts are LRSM partnerships with the University of Puerto Rico (PREM, Co-Director) and the Girard College of Philadelphia, as well as research experience programs for undergraduates (REU, Site-grant PI), high school students (PSSI), and high school teachers (RET) in the Philadelphia region and beyond.