Affiliation: Ruhr University Bochum, DE
Keywords: Soft condensed matter; active matter; nonlinear dynamics; nonequilibrium statistical physics; complexity; laser-matter interactions.
Serim’s research is at the intersection of soft condensed matter, nonequilibrium, and nonlinear physics and interfaces with materials science, nanotechnology, and mechanobiology. She is the founding director and the chair of the Simply Complex Lab at Ruhr University Bochum, Germany. She received prestigious awards and recognitions, including the L’Oreal-UNESCO For Women in Science (FWIS) Award in 2018, the European Research Council (ERC) Starting Grant (StG) in 2019, and the “International Special Honor” Prize by the Turkish Physical Society in 2022, which is typically given to senior scientists, she is the youngest recipient. She was also elected as an “Emerging Leader” in condensed matter physics by the Editorial Board of the Journal of Physics: Condensed Matter in 2020 and as a member of the Mediterranean Science Team in 2023. Her work has received considerable attention from the scientific community and media outlets by being featured in popular science books, highlighted by journal editors, and receiving accolades from prominent scientists across various research disciplines.