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Leonid Pismen

Professor Emeritus

Personal Info

Ph.D. 1963, Karpov Physico-Chemical Institute, Moscow.

Research Fields

Processes,  Surface-Phenomena

Research Topics

– Multiscale mechanisms of epithelial patterning and morphogenesis, system-level studies of epithelial morphogenesis focused on diversity and dynamics of their expression patterns, mechanisms of pattern formation, and connection between patterning and morphogenesis. Reshaping of biomorphic soft materials.
– Patterns and defects in nonlinear systems. Development of analytical and numerical tools for study of formation and evolution of patterns in nonlinear systems, in particular, reaction-diffusion systems and optical feedback devices. Study of distorted patterns and other media with spontaneously broken symmetry dominated by interaction and motion of defects.
– Motion of contact lines and dynamics of Interfaces. Study of motion and stability of three-phase boundaries under the influence of intermolecular forces and transport processes; mechanisms and scenarios of the interfacial instabilities.


L. Pismen,  Active Matter Within and Around Us: From Self-Propelled Particles to Flocks and Living Forms (The Frontiers Collection), Springer, 2021.
L. Pismen, Working with Dynamical Systems: A Toolbox for Scientists and Engineers (Series in Computational Biophysics) , Taylor & Francis, London, 2021.
L. Pismen, Morphogenesis Deconstructed: An Integrated View of the Generation of Forms (The Frontiers Collection), Springer, 2020.
L. Pismen, The Swings of Science: From Complexity to Simplicity and Back, Springer, 2018.
L.M..Pismen, Patterns and Interfaces in Dissipative Dynamics, Springer Series in Synergetics, 2006.
L.M. Pismen, Vortices in Nonlinear Fields, International Series of Monographs on Physics, v.100, Oxford University Press, 1999.
S. He, Y. Green, N. Saeidi, X. Li, J.J. Fredberg, B. Ji, L.M. Pismen, A theoretical model of collective cell polarization and alignment, J. Mech. Phys.f Solids 137, 103860 (2020).
D.A. Bratsun, I.V. Krasnyakov, L.M Pismen, Biomechanical modeling of invasive breast carcinoma under a dynamic change in cell phenotype: collective migration of large groups of cells, Biomech. Model. Mechanobiol. 19, 723 (2020).
A.P. Zakharov, L.M. Pismen, Programmable filaments and textiles, Phys. Rev. Materials 3, 055603 (2019).
U. Thiele, A. Archer, L.M. Pismen, Gradient dynamics models for liquid films with soluble surfactant, Phys. Rev. Fluids 1, 083903 (2016).
L.M. Pismen, Dynamics of defects in an active nematic layer, Phys. Rev. E 88, 050502 (2013).
M.H. Koepf, L.M. Pismen, A continuum model of epithelial spreading, Soft Matter, 14, 3727 (2013).
Q. Wang, J.J. Feng, L.M. Pismen, A continuum model biomechanical model of Drosophila dorsal closure, Biophys. J. 103, 2265  (2013).
I. Viktorinova, L.M. Pismen, B. Aigouy, C. Dahmann, Modelling planar polarity of epithelia: the role of signal relay in collective cell polarization, J. Roy. Soc. Interface, 8, 1059 (2011)
S. Mora, T. Phou, J.M. Fromental, L.M. Pismen, Y. Pomeau, Capillarity driven instability of a soft solid, Phys. Rev. Lett. 105, 214301 (2010).
A.M. Leshansky, L.M. Pismen, Breakup of drops in a microfluidic T junction, Phys. Fluids 21, 023303 (2009).

Leonid Pismen

Professor Emeritus