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Faculty of Mathematics



  • 2017-present: Junior Research Fellow, St Catherine's College, University of Cambridge
  • 2017-present: Oppenheimer Research Fellow, University of Cambridge
  • 2016-2017: Postdoctoral Research Associate, DAMTP, University of Cambridge
  • 2013-2016: PhD in Theoretical Physics, University Paris Diderot


I am a member of the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics, in the Soft Matter group headed by Prof Michael E Cates. I am interested in the nonequilibrium statistical mechanics of active matter systems, including self-propelled particles, living cells and tissues. My main focus is to delineate genuine nonequilibrium properties from purely thermal effects, to determine to what extent the concepts of equilibrium physics are useful to describe active matter.

Selected Publications

  • 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. (EPL) 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. (EPL) 110, 48005 (2015)



Generalized Langevin equation with hydrodynamic backflow: Equilibrium properties
É Fodor, DS Grebenkov, P Visco, F van Wijland
– Physica A: Statistical Mechanics and its Applications
Energetics of active fluctuations in living cells.
É Fodor, K Kanazawa, H Hayakawa, P Visco, F van Wijland
– Physical review. E, Statistical, nonlinear, and soft matter physics
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Research Group

Soft Matter




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