Alice C. Quillen

Professor of Physics and Astronomy
Department of Physics and Astronomy
University of Rochester
Rochester, NY 14627
Office: Bausch and Lomb Hall 424
Phone: 585-275-9625
alice.quillen AT


Alice's research includes observational, numerical and theoretical studies of the dynamics of exoplanets, moons, satellites, planetesimals and gas in circumstellar disks, asteroids, and the dynamics of stars in galaxies. She also works on particle integration codes, active and viscoelastic soft matter, granular systems, the transient dimming sky (light curves), biophysics and robotic physics, quantum information, and active galactic nuclei. Her lab (in B&L403) focuses on experiments of active biological materials, granular systems relevant to rubble asteroids and low cost robotics.

Graduate students

Research Narrative (2023) , CV (2023)



PHY265 Quantum Computing and Quantum Information (spring '22-'24)
PHY411 Classical Mechanics and Chaotic Dynamics (fall '23,'18,'15,'13)
PHY141 Mechanics (Honors) (fall '19-'22)
PHY256 Computational Physics (spring 2021,'19,'16)
AST233 Astro-Dynamics (spring 2020,'17)
AST242 Astrophysical Fluid Dynamics (spring 2014,'12,'10)

PHY103 Physics of Music (fall 2014, 2010-2011, 2005-2008)
AST570 Solar System Dynamics (spring 2013,'11,'09)