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"Theory is when you know everything, but nothing works.

Practice is when everything works, but no one knows why.

In our lab, theory and practice are combined:

nothing works and no one knows why."


Activity-driven lipid bilayer separation into liquid ordered and disordered phases. Time-lapse images of driven actin filaments on the bilayer (magenta, top). Liquid ordered domains growing in time, left to right (green, bottom).

Arnold DP (co-first), Gubbala A (co-first), Takatori SC.

Active surface flows accelerate the coarsening of lipid membrane domains. Phys Rev Lett. 2023; 131, 128402. [Link]


Xu Y (co-first), Choi KH (co-first), Nagella SG, Takatori SC. Dynamic interfaces for contact-time control of colloidal interactions. Soft Matter, 2023; 19, 5692. [Link]


Gubbala A (co-first), Arnold DP (co-first), Jena A, Anujarerat S, Takatori SC. Dynamic swarms regulate the morphology and distribution of soft membrane domains. [Link[video abstract]

Takatori SC^, Quah T, Rawlings JB^. Feedback control of active matter. Annual Reviews of Condensed Matter Physics. (^ co-corresponding)

Arnold, Takatori. Lipid membrane domains control actin network viscoelasticity. [Link]

Xu Y, Jandhyala P, Takatori SC. Dynamic Surfactants Drive Anisotropic Colloidal Assembly. [Link]

Cheon J (co-first), Choi KH (co-first), Modica KJ, Mitchell RJ, Takatori SC^, Jeong J^. Motility Modulates the Partitioning of Bacteria in Aqueous Two-Phase Systems. [Link (^ co-corresponding)

29. Barakat JM*, Modica K*, Lu L, Anujarerat S, Choi KH, Takatori SC. Surface topography induces and orients nematic swarms of active filaments: considerations for lab-on-a-chip devices, ACS Applied Nano Materials, DOI: 10.1021/acsanm.4c02020, 2024. (* equal contribution)

28. Quah T, Takatori SC^, Rawlings JB^. Neural network augmented model predictive control: Application to active Brownian particles. American Control Conference, IEEE (peer-reviewed)2024.  ( ^ co-corresponding ) [video abstract]

27. Modica KJ, Takatori SC. Soft confinement of self-propelled rods: simulation and theory. Soft Matter, 2024, DOI: 10.1039/D3SM01340E [Link] [video abstract]

26. Xu Y, Takatori SC. Nonequilibrium interactions between multi-scale colloids regulate the suspension microstructure and rheology. Soft Matter, 2023, 19, 8531 - 8541. DOI: 10.1039/D3SM00947E [Link] [video abstract]

25. Arnold DP*, Gubbala A*, Takatori SC. Active surface flows accelerate the coarsening of lipid membrane domains. Phys Rev Lett. 2023; 131, 128402(* equal contribution) [Link] [video abstract]

24. Nagella SG, Takatori SC. Colloidal transport phenomena in dynamic, pulsating porous materials. AIChE Journal. 2023; 69(12):e18215. Invited in AIChE Journal Futures Issue, and highlighted as Feature in Chemical Engineering Progress (CEP). 10.1002/aic.18215. [Link, CEP link] [video abstract]

23. Xu Y*, Choi KH*, Nagella SG, Takatori SC. Dynamic interfaces for contact-time control of colloidal interactionsSoft Matter, 2023, DOI: 10.1039/D3SM00673E. (* equal contribution) [Link] [video abstract]

22. Arnold DP, Takatori SC. Bio-enabled engineering of multifunctional "living" surfaces. ACS Nano, 2023, 17, 11077−11086. [Link]

21. Arnold DP, Xu Y, Takatori SC. Antibody binding reports spatial heterogeneities in cell membrane organization. Nature Commun, 2023, 14: 2884. [Link]

20. Takatori SC*^, Son S*^, Lee D, Fletcher DA^. Engineered molecular sensors for quantifying cell surface crowding. Proc Nat Acad Sci, 2023, 120 (21) e2219778120. (* equal contribution; ^ co-corresponding authors) [Link]

19. Modica KJ, Omar A, Takatori SC. Boundary design regulates the diffusion of active matter in heterogeneous environments. Soft Matter, Soft Matter Emerging Investigators Series, 2023. [Link] [video abstract]

18. Barakat JM, Takatori SC. Enhanced dispersion in an oscillating array of harmonic traps. Phys Rev E. 2023. (co-corresponding authors) [Link

17. Modica KJ, Xi Y, Takatori SC. Porous media micro-structure determines the diffusion of active matter: experiments and simulations. Frontiers in Physics. 2022. [Link] [video abstract]


16. Takatori SC, Mandadapu K. Motility-induced buckling and glassy

dynamics regulate three-dimensional transitions of bacterial monolayers.

2020. [Link] [video abstract]



15. Son S, Takatori SC, Belardi B, Podolski M, Bakalar M, Fletcher DA.

Molecular height measurement by cell surface optical profilometry (CSOP).

Proc Nat Acad Sci.  2020. [Link]

14. Takatori SC^, Sahu A^.  Active contact forces drive non-equilibrium

fluctuations in membrane vesicles. Phys Rev Lett. 2020; 124, 158102.

(^ co-corresponding authors) [Link[video abstract]




Before 2017 (Caltech)


13. Takatori SC, Brady JF.  Inertial effects on the stress generation of active fluids.  Phys Rev Fluids. 2017; 2, 094305. [Link, PDF]


12. Takatori SC, Brady JF.  Superfluid behavior of active suspensions from diffusive stretching.  Phys Rev Lett. 2017; 118, 018003. [Link, PDF]


11. Takatori SC*, De Dier R*, Vermant J, Brady JF.  Acoustic trapping of active matter. Nat Commun.  2016; 7:10694.  (* equal contribution) [Link, PDF]


10. Takatori SC, Brady JF.  Forces, stresses and the (thermo?)dynamics of active matter. Curr Opin Colloid Interface Sci.  2016; 21, 24. [Link, PDF]


9. Takatori SC, Brady JF.  A theory for the phase behavior of mixtures of active particles. Soft Matter.  2015; 11, 7920. [Link, PDF]


8. Takatori SC, Brady JF.  Towards a thermodynamics of active matter. Phys Rev E.  2015; 91, 032117. [Link, PDF]


7. Takatori SC, Brady JF.  Swim stress, motion, and deformation of active matter: effect of an external field.  Soft Matter.  2014; 10, 9433-9445. [Link, PDF]


6. Takatori SC, Yan W, Brady JF.  Swim pressure: stress generation in active matter.  Phys Rev Lett.  2014; 113, 028103. [Link, PDF]

Before 2013 (UC Berkeley)

5. Takatori SC, Lazon de la Jara P, Holden B, Ehrmann K, Ho A, Radke CJ.  In-vivo corneal oxygen uptake during soft-contact-lens wear.  Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci. 2013; 54, 3472. [Link, PDF]

4. Takatori SC, Lazon de la Jara P, Holden B, Ehrmann K, Ho A, Radke CJ.  Author Response: In Vivo Oxygen Uptake into the Human Cornea.  Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci, 2012; 53: 6829. [Link]


3. Takatori SC, Lazon de la Jara P, Holden B, Ehrmann K, Ho A, Radke CJ.  In vivo oxygen uptake into the human cornea.  Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci. 2012; 53, 6331. [Link, PDF]


2. Takatori SC, Radke CJ. A quasi-2-dimensional model for respiration of the cornea with soft contact lens wear. Cornea. 2012; 31, 405. [Link, PDF]

1. Ryan W, Takatori SC, Booze T, Kang H-Y. Toward safe and sustainable nanomaterials: Chemical Information Call-in to manufacturers of nanomaterials by California as a case study. The European Journal of Law and Technology. 2011; 2: 1-11. [Link]

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