I am currently a postdoc at MIT in Prof. Tal Cohen's Nonlinear Solid Mechanics group. I have a Ph.D. in Solid Mechanics from Brown University. I was born and brought up in India. A certified mechanical engineer from Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur (IIT Kanpur), I am a cricket fan and like to keep myself updated on the bleeding edge of technology. When not working on mechanics problems, I often indulge in solving mathematical puzzles. Overview of my research, including the publications, are available on this site.


Brown University

Ph.D. in Solid Mechanics, 2019

Advisor: Prof. Kyung-Suk Kim

Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur

B. Tech. in Mechanical Engineering, 2013


Mrityunjay Kothari

Masschusetts Institute of Technology

77 Massachusetts Ave #1-330, Cambridge, MA 02139

Email: mjayk at mit dot edu

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  • Our latest pre-print "The crucial role of elasticity in regulating liquid-liquid phase separation in cells" is up on arxiv!

  • How does a growing body takes its shape and form when it is embedded inside another body? We attempt to answer this question in our latest JMPS paper.

Morphogenesis and cell ordering in confined bacterial biofilms

  • Our collaborative work on the mechanics-driven morphogenesis in embedded bacterial biofilms is now online on PNAS! Check it out.

  • Check out our research on the effects of elasticity on liquid-liquid phase separation through a short and fun video.

    See the paper here.

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  • Our work on the peeling of soft adhesive layers featured on the front cover of Soft Matter.

    See the paper here.