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Farshid Jafarpour

University of Pennsylvania
Department of Physics & Astronomy
209 South 33rd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6396

Research Interests

Statistical physics and applied mathematics with applications in biological systems, population dynamics, pattern formation, and origin of life.


2010 - 2016
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Ph.D. in Physics (Download Thesis) (August 2016)
Thesis Adviser: Nigel Goldenfeld
M.S. in Mathematics (May 2014)

2008 - 2010
North Carolina State University
B.S. in Chemical Engineering (Class Valedictorian)
B.S. in Physics

Honors and Awards

  • Scott Anderson Award, Spring 2016, University of Illinois
  • Outstanding Instructor, Spring 2014, University of Illinois
  • University Fellowship, Fall 2013, University of Illinois
  • University Fellowship, Spring 2012, University of Illinois
  • Excellence in Teaching, University of Illinois (6 semesters)


  1. F. Jafarpour, C. S. Wright, H. Gudjonson, J. Riebling, E. Dawson, K. Lo, A. Fiebig, S. Crosson, A. R. Dinner, S. Iyer-Biswas. Bridging the time scales of single-cell and population dynamics. Phys. Rev. X. 8, 021007 (2018)
  2. F. Jafarpour, M. Vennettilli, S. Iyer-Biswas. Biological timekeeping in the presence of stochasticity. (under review) Preprint arXiv:1703.10058
  3. T. Biancalani*, F. Jafarpour*, N. Goldenfeld. Giant Amplification of Noise in Fluctuation Induced Turing Pattern Formation. Phys. Rev. Lett. 118, 018101 (2017), (*Equal Contribution)
  4. F. Jafarpour*, T. Biancalani, N. Goldenfeld. Noise-induced symmetry breaking far from equilibrium and the emergence of biological homochirality. Phys. Rev. E. 95, 032407 (2017), (*Corresponding Author)
  5. N. Goldenfeld, T. Biancalani, F. Jafarpour. Universal biology and the statistical mechanics of early life. Phil. Trans. R. Soc. A. 375, 20160341 (2017)
  6. D. Pirjol, F. Jafarpour, S. Iyer-Biswas. Phenomenology of stochastic exponential growth. Phys. Rev. E. 95, 062406 (2017)
  7. F. Jafarpour, T. Biancalani, N. Goldenfeld. Noise-induced mechanism for biological homochirality of early life self-replicators. Phys. Rev. Lett. 115.15 (2015)
  8. F. Jafarpour, L. Angheluta, N. Goldenfeld. Velocity statistics for interacting edge dislocations in one dimension from Dyson's coulomb gas model. Phys. Rev. E. 88.4 (2013)
  9. G. Karimi, F. Jafarpour, X. Li. Characterization of flooding and two-phase flow in polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cell stacks. J. Power Sources, Vol 187, Issue 1, 156-164 (2009)

Seminars/Invited Talks


Teaching Experience

  • Guest Lecturer - Physics 570: Stochastic Processes in Physics, Purdue University (Fall 2016 and 2017)
  • Mentor to Teaching Assistants - Physics 101: Mechanics & Heat, University of Illinois (Fall 2015)
  • Teaching Assistant - Physics 101: Mechanics & Heat, University of Illinois (2010 - 2015)
      Outstanding Instructor Award (Spring 2015)
      Rated excellent by students (all six semesters)
  • Teaching Assistant - Physics 213: Thermal Physics, University of Illinois (Spring 2011)
      Rated excellent by students
  • Teaching Assistant - Physics 214: Quantum Physics, University of Illinois (Spring 2011)

Work Experience

  • Quantitative Developer, Akuna Capital, Chicago IL (Summer 2016)

Computing Skills

  • Languages: C, C++, Python, Mathematica, Matlab, SML.
  • Other: LaTeX, HTML/CSS, Bash.