Dr Étienne Fodor

Junior Research Fellow

Dr Étienne Fodor obtained his PhD in theoretical physics at the University Paris Diderot, under the supervision of Paolo Visco and Frederic van Wijland, on the nonequilibrium signatures of fluctuations in living cells and self-propelled colloids. His research interests lie at the crossroad of statistical physics, soft matter and the study of living systems. As a member of the soft matter group headed by Professor Michael E. Cates at the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics, his work now focuses on active matter: systems of interacting agents able to sustain a systematic motion by consuming an external fuel.


  • C. Nardini, É. Fodor, E. Tjhung, F. van Wijland, J. Tailleur, and M. E. Cates,  'Entropy production in field theories without time reversal symmetry: Quantifying the non-equilibrium character of active matter', Phys. Rev. X 7, 021007 (2017)
  • É. Fodor, C. Nardini, M. E. Cates, J. Tailleur, P. Visco, and F. van Wijland, 'How far from equilibrium is active matter?', Phys. Rev. Lett. 117, 038103 (2016)
  • É. Fodor, W. W. Ahmed, M. Almonacid, M. Bussonnier, N. S. Gov, M.-H. Verlhac, T. Betz, P. Visco, and F. van Wijland, 'Nonequilibrium dissipation in living oocytes', Europhys. Lett. 116, 30008 (2016)
  • É. Fodor, M. Guo, N. S. Gov, P. Visco, D. A. Weitz, and F. van Wijland, 'Activity-driven fluctuations in living cells', Europhys. Lett. 110, 48005 (2015)