Materials Research Science and Engineering Center
Postdoctoral Fellow

Elisabetta Matsumoto
School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

Elisabetta Matsumoto is a post-doctoral fellow in Applied Mathematics at the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. Sabetta received her B.A., M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania in the Department of Physics and Astronomy. Her interests focus on the relationship between complex geometry and material properties. This spans a wide variety of length scales from liquid crystals and diblock copolymers at the nanoscale to elastic instabilities and programmable matter at the macroscale. From 2011 to 2014, Sabetta was a post-doctoral fellow at the Princeton Center for Theoretical Science at Princeton University. There she studied the relationship between topological defects and curvature in free-standing membranes of diblock copolymers. She is currently involved with several Harvard MESEC projects. With Lakshminarayanan Mahadevan, she developed a model for the rational design of programmable shape change to be used alongside A. Sydney Gladman and Jennifer Lewis's biomimetic 4-D printing. Along with Michael Brenner and Martin Falk she has worked on the self-assembly of braided nanowires for use with Vinny Minoharan's NanoLitz project also in collaboration with Draper Laboratories.