K. Michael Martini

Curriculum Vitae

K. Michael Martini

Department of Physics
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Loomis Laboratory
1110 West Green Street
Urbana IL 61801

Education

2010 - present
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Ph.D. in Physics (Expected 2018)
Thesis Adviser: Nigel Goldenfeld

2006 - 2010
Rochester Institute of Technology

B.S. in Applied Mathematics
B.S. in Physics

Honors and Awards

  • 66th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting US delegation young scientist member (Summer 2016)
  • University Fellowship, University of Illinois (Spring 2015)
  • Excellence in Teaching, University of Illinois (8 semesters 2010-2013, 2016)
  • Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship 2009
  • Travel Fellowship to Summer School in Biophysics at ORNL 2009
  • Norman A. Miles Award for Academic Excellence 2008
  • RIT presidential scholarship
  • Honors Program at RIT
  • Dean's List: All Quarters at RIT
  • INTEL Science Talent Search: Semi-Finalist 2006

Publications

  1. Dawn Hollenbeck, K. Michael Martini, Andreas Langner, Anthony Harkin, David S. Ross, and George M. Thurston, "Model for evaluating patterned charge-regulation contributions to electrostatic interactions between low-dielectric spheres," Physical Review E 82, 031402 (2010).
  2. Farrell, Greg R., K. Michael Martini, and Narayanan Menon. "Loose packings of frictional spheres." Soft Matter 6.13 (2010): 2925-2930.
  3. Wurm, A., and K. M. Martini. "Breakup of inverse golden mean shearless tori in the two-frequency standard nontwist map." Physics Letters A 377.8 (2013): 622-627.
  4. Neil H. Kim, Gloria Lee, Nicholas A. Sherer, K. Michael Martini, Nigel Goldenfeld, and Thomas E. Kuhlman. "Real Time Transposable Element Activity in Individual Live Cells." Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 113.26 (2016): 7278-7283.
  5. Gloria Lee, Nicholas A. Sherer, Neil H. Kim, Ema Rajic, Davneet Kaur, K. Michael Martini, Chi Xue, Nigel Goldenfeld, and Thomas E. Kuhlman, "Activity and Effects of a Human LINE-1 Retrotransposon in Bacteria", (Under Preparation)
  6. David Karig, K. Michael Martini, Ting Lu, Nicholas A. DeLateur, Nigel Goldenfeld, and Ron Weiss. "Stochastic Turing Patterns in a synthetic bacterial population" Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (in review)

Conference Talks

  1. 2015 K. Michael Martini, Ting Lu, David Karig, Nigel Goldenfeld, Ron Weiss. Noise-stabilized Turing Patterns in a Synthetic Biofilm. iPoLS 2015 Annual Meeting
  2. 2015 K. Michael Martini, Ting Lu, David Karig, Nigel Goldenfeld, Ron Weiss. Noise-stabilized Turing Patterns in a Synthetic Biofilm. Bulletin of the American Physical Society
  3. 2010 K. Michael Martini, Dawn Hollenbeck, Andreas Langner, David S. Ross, Anthony Harkin, Edward Nelson, and George M. Thurston. On the electrostatic properties of the phase-separating protein, Gamma-B crystalline

Work Experience and Teaching Experience

Research Assistant with Nigel Goldenfeld
2012 - Present
Theory for stochastic Turing patterns in biofilms
Image analysis of Maize roots using convolutional neural networks
Image analysis of E. coli colony growth using using ad hoc techniques
Developed simulations of growing bacterial colonies
Developed models of DNA transposon dynamics and retrotransposon dynamics
Developed models for scaling laws and colony growth of E. coli colonies

Mentor for Undergraduate Researchers
2016-Present
Mentored two Undergraduate students on the following projects that will published
Bacterial colony size distributions and scaling laws
Image analysis of Maize roots using convolutional neural networks

Teaching Assistant / Lecturer for CPLC summer school
Summer 2017
Lectured on simulation techniques including simple methods for solving ordinary,
differential equations, Gillepsie's algorithm for stochastic simulation, and agent based modeling

Teaching Assistant for Physics 101, 102, 211, and 435
2010 - 2013, 2016

Taught lab for physics 101, 102, and 211.
Acted as Mentor TA for 101 discussion Fall 2012
Discussion TA for 435 Spring 2016

Paid Research RIT
Summer 2008 and 2009

Computational and theoretical research studying the electrostatic
properties of the eye-lens protein gamma-b crystallin
Research conducted with Dr. Thurston.

Unpaid Internship WNEC with Dr. A. Wurm
Summer 2007

Computational research examining the stability and transition
to chaos of a non-twist map as expressed by the
equation X_(n+1) = X_(n) + a*(1-Y_(n+1)^2) and
Y_(n+1) = Y_(n) - b*sin(2*pi*X_(n)) - c*sin(6*pi*X_(n))

Paid Internship Umass Amherst
Summer 2006

Research random loose packing of uniform spheres and the
Effect of deposition and friction on their packing structure
Job required minimal supervision
Research supervised by Dr. N. Menon

Unpaid Internship Umass Amherst
Summer 2005

Research random loose packing of granular materials
Research supervised by Dr. N. Menon

Computing Skills

  • Languages: C, C++, java, Fortran, Matlab.
  • Other: LaTeX, HTML/CSS, Bash, awk, gnuplot, Maple, Mathematica.
  • In-depth experience with image analysis, Monte Carlo and Gillespie simulation, differential equations

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