Dervis Can Vural

Associate Professor of Physics


384G Nieuwland Science Hall

Research Cluster

Computational Models, Dynamics & Reactions, Networks & Interactions

We are a theoretical group interested in the many body behavior of physical and biological systems in which disorder and strong interactions play an important role. Our research is driven by three fundamental questions: (1) Universality: To what extent do microscopic laws determine macroscopic behavior? (2) Statistics: How should microscopic laws be transformed into macroscopic laws? (3) Inversion: Can microscopic laws be uniquely determined from macroscopic observations?

To address such problems, we make use of computational and analytical tools. Systems of interest include disordered solids, complex networks, population genetics and evolution, inverse problems, reliability theory, swarms and active matter, and various foundational questions in quantum many-body theory and statistical mechanics.


  1. "Evolution of Specialization in dynamic fluids" Uppal, G.; Vural, D.C. J. Evol. Biol. 2020, 00:1-14, 
  2. "Shearing in Flow environment promotes evolution of social behavior in microbial populations" Uppal, G.; Vural, D.C. eLife 2018, 7, e34862.
  3. "Spatial Self-Organization Resolves Conflicts Between Individuality and Collective Migration" Fu, X.; Kato, S.; Long, J.; Mattingly, H.; He, C.; Vural, D.C.; Zucker, S.; Emonet, T.  Nature Comm. 2018, 9.1, 2177.
  4. "Interdependence theory of tissue failure: bulk and boundary effects" Suma, D.; Acun, A.; Zorlutuna, P.; Vural, D.C. Proc Royal Soc., Open Sci2018, 5.2, 171395.