Marija Vucelja
Ph.D., 2010, Weizmann Institute of Science
Assistant Professor
Theoretical Condensed Matter Physics,Theoretical Mathematical Physics
Research Interests
Marija Vucelja is a statistical physicist interested in soft condensed matter and computational physics. She studied the mixing and clustering of particles in flows, problems relevant to understanding the formation of rain droplets and planetesimals, clumping of pollutants on water surfaces, and industrial applications. She derived the compressibility of surface flows and described the aggregationdisorder transition of particles in flows. Using “chaotic mixing,” she substantially accelerated specific Monte Carlo algorithms (the main numerical tools for studying complex systems). Next, Marija investigated the emergence of clones in populations. Drawing analogies between glassy systems and population dynamics, she calculated the coalescence rate (the probability of two individuals belonging to the same clone). Lately, Marija’s focused on anomalous thermal relaxations of physical systems, phase transitions, and efficient randomized algorithms (such as those utilizing nonreversible Markov Chains) designed for evaluating marginals and inference and learning, use of neural networks and deep learning to enhance MCMC, and inference and learning.
Graduate Students
Selected Publications
 I. Klich, O. Raz, O. Hirschberg, and M. Vucelja, The Mpemba index and anomalous relaxation, Phys. Rev. X., 9, 2, 021060 (2019)

S. Bradde*, M. Vucelja*, T. Tesileanu, and V. Balasubramanian, Dynamics of adaptive immunity against phage in bacterial populations, PLoS Comp. Bio., 13, 4, 116 (2017) (*equal contribution)

E. Kussell and M. Vucelja, Nonequilibrium physics and evolution  adaptation, extinction, and ecology: a Key Issues review, Rep. Prog. Phys. 77, 192602 (2014)

R. Neher, M. Vucelja, M. Mezard, and B. I. Shraiman, Emergence of clones in sexual populations, J. Stat. Mech. 01., P01008 (2013)

K. S. Turitsyn, M. Chertkov, and M. Vucelja, Irreversible Monte Carlo Algorithms for Efficient Sampling, Physica D 240, 410  414 (2011)

M. Vucelja, G. Falkovich, and I. Fouxon, Clustering of matter in waves and currents, Phys. Rev. E, 75, 065301(R) (2007)

A. Peer, B. Dayan, M. Vucelja, Y. Silberberg, and A. A. Friesem, Quantum lithography by coherent control of classical light pulses, Opt. Express, 12 (26), 6600  6605 (2004)