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Jasmine Nirody

Post-Doctoral Research Fellow since 2017
My research interests tend to fluctuate, but generally equilibrate in a region around (bio)mechanics. In my work, I use a combination of theory, simulation, and single-molecule biophysical experiments. Currently, I am interested in understanding the mechanics behind flagellated swimming in bacteria. This locomotive mode is powered by a nanoscale motor (aptly named the bacterial flagellar motor), which can impressively rotate up to 5x as fast as our best auto engines! In my past research, I have been fortunate to work on problems in a variety of areas, including animal locomotion (in particular, that of snakes and geckos), genetics, and computational neuroscience; I retain interest in these areas (and others!) as well.
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Jasmine Nirody
  • Background

    • Doctoral research in Biophysics, University of California, Berkeley (2017)
    • Masters in Medical Sciences, Boston University School of Medicine (2010)
    • Undergraduate in Mathematics and Biology, New York University (2008)
  • Selected publications

    • Jasmine A. Nirody, Yi-Ren Sun, Chien-Jung Lo. The biophysicist’s guide to the bacterial flagellar motor. Advances in Physics X, 2017 (in press).
    • Jasmine A. Nirody, Richard M. Berry, George Oster. The limiting speed of the bacterial flagellar motor. Biophysical Journal, 111(3): 557-64, August 2016.
    • Kranthi K. Mandadapu∗, Jasmine A. Nirody∗, Richard M. Berry, George Oster. The mechanics of torque generation in the bacterial flagellar motor. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 112(32), 11 August 2015: E4381–E4389. [* denotes joint first authorship]
    • Jasmine A. Nirody, Karen P. Cheng, Robin M. Parrish, Andrew J. Burghardt, Thomas Link, Sharmila Majumdar, Galateia J. Kazakia. Spatial distribution of intracortical porosity varies with age and gender. Bone, 75(1): 88–95, June 2015.
    • Jasmine A. Nirody. Development of spatial coarse-to-fine processing in the visual pathway. Journal of Computational Neuroscience, 36(3): 401–414, June 2014.
    • David L. Hu, Jasmine Nirody, Terri Scott, Michael J. Shelley. The mechanics of slithering locomotion. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 106(25): 10081–10085, 23 June 2009.
    • Publications (External Link)
  • Research awards and grants

    • Berkeley Institute for Data Science Fellowship (Moore & Sloan Foundations) (from 2015 to 2017).
    • National Science Foundation (USA) CiBER-IGERT Fellowship (from 2012 to 2014).
    • Mathematical Research Institute (Netherlands) Master Class Fellowship (from 2009 to 2010).
    • New York University Presidential Honors Scholarship (from 2004 to 2008).