Wolfgang Losert Named AAAS Fellow

Wolfgang Losert is one of seven University of Maryland faculty announced today as fellows by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the world’s largest general scientific society.

 Wolfgang Losert is a professor in the Department of Physics with a joint appointment in the Institute for Physical Science and Technology (IPST) and the Institute for Research in Electronics and Applied Physics (IREAP). His research aims to discover emergent dynamic properties of complex systems at the interface of physics and biology. He leads a Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative (MURI) program that transformed understanding of how cells sense their physical environment. He also serves as co-principal investigator on a BRAIN Initiative center grant from the National Institutes of Health focused on information processing in sensory brain circuits.

Losert helped launch and currently co-leads the American Physical Society group on data science. He was part of a trans-university initiative of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (called NEXUS) that developed new science and math courses for biology majors and pre-health care students that are being widely adopted. He led the development of and co-directs the NCI-UMD Partnership for Integrative Cancer Research, which provides UMD faculty members and graduate students with the opportunity to collaborate with National Cancer Institute experts.

A fellow of the American Physical Society, Losert joined UMD in 2000 and has served as an associate dean in CMNS and as interim IPST director. He earned his Ph.D. in physics from the City College of the City University of New York in and his diploma in applied physics from the Technical University of Munich.

Published February 1, 2023