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Izabela Stroe

For me, Physics is like a sandbox. It gives me the opportunity to play and discover, test, be creative, learn something new. At the same time, I am passionate about passing the thrill of discovery to my students. Teaching is a two-way street in which both parties get enriched from each other. I welcome and embrace the partnership. I also believe that college is the biggest and best opportunity in one's life to discover one's calling and do something about it and I invite students to take full advantage of it. WPI is the best venue as it provides the access to theoretical knowlegde as well as a wide variety of practical tools and instruments to probe it. Welcome to the journey of life and have fun with it! My research interests in experimental biological physics and condensed matter physics are diverse and bridge many disciplines. At WPI, my research focuses on (1) investigating the coupling of protein and solvent dynamics and the role of water in the hydration shell of proteins; (2) developing a novel detection method of amyloidogenic proteins that may lead to early detection of amyloidosis diseases, in particular Alzheimer’s Disease.

Research Interests

  • Proteins dynamics and hydration
  • Role of solvent in the dynamics and function of proteins
  • Early detection of Alzheimer's disease and other amyloidosis disease
  • Dielectric relaxation spectroscopy, resonant ultrasound spectroscopy
  • Behavior of condensed matter at low temperature and high magnetic fields


  • BS, University of Bucharest, Romania
  • PhD, Clark University, Worcester, MA

Featured Publications

  • "A unified model of protein dynamics", H. Frauenfelder, G. Chen, J. Berendzen, P.W. Fenimore, H. Jansson, B. H. McMahon, I. R. Stroe, J. Swenson, and R. D. Young, PNAS, 106 (7) (2009)
  • "Polycrystalline gamma-plutonium’s elastic moduli versus temperature" I. Stroe, J. B. Betts, A. Trugman, C. H. Mielke, J.N. Mitchell, M. Ramos, A. Migliori and H. Ledbetter, JASA, 125, 2654 (2010)
  • "Elastic constants of osmium between 5 and 300K", Pantea, C.; Stroe, I.; Ledbetter, H.; Betts, J.B.; Zhao, Y.; Daemen, L.L.; Cynn, H. and Migliori, A., , Phys. Rev. B, 80 (2), 024112 (2009)

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Professional Highlights

  • Prof. Stroe co-authored a top-cited paper in biological physics (more than 100 citations) on a unified model of protein dynamics. The paper was featured in New and views-Nature physics, 2009
  • Seaborg Postdoctoral Fellow, Los Alamos National Laboratory
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