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Michael Vennettilli


Recipient of the Oppenheim Award

For demonstrating the trade-offs associated with feedback-induced criticality in multicellular sensing, through analysis of simple models, which is published in the article entitled ‘Multicellular sensing at a feedback-induced critical point’ in Physical Review E 102, 052411 (2020).

About the Recipient

Michael Vennettilli graduated from Ursinus College in 2016, earning B.S. degrees in physics and mathematics. He went on to complete a PhD in physics from the University of Pittsburgh in 2021. His PhD work focused on understanding limits to cellular sensing and information processing, continuing along the line of thought initiated by Berg and Purcell. As of September 2021, he is currently a postdoctoral researcher AMOLF, where he will be developing computational models of intestinal organoids in close collaboration with experiments to understand the maintenance and function of rare cell types.

About the Irwin Oppenheim Award

The award was made possible by generous contributions from Irwin’s family and friends along with his students, colleagues, and members of the Physical Review E community. We are deeply grateful to all those who helped establish this award by contributing to the Irwin Oppenheim Award fundraising campaign.