Portrait of Christopher Jarzynski

Christopher Jarzynski

Chair, University Senate


Christopher Jarzynski, a UMD faculty member since 2006, is a Distinguished University Professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, with appointments in the Institute for Physical Science and Technology and the Department of Physics. His research interests include theoretical and computational work at the interface of physics, chemistry and biology, with an emphasis on nonequilibrium phenomena and the application of thermodynamic principles to microscopic systems. At UMD he has taught courses ranging from introductory chemistry to graduate thermodynamics. He has mentored undergraduates, graduate students and postdocs; he has been adviser or co-adviser to 11 doctoral students. Jarzynski received his B.S. from Princeton University and his Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley, both in physics, and spent a year in Warsaw on a Fulbright Fellowship. He is a fellow of the American Physical Society and an elected member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the National Academy of Sciences.