Dr. Benjamin Holder

Dr. Benjamin Holder

Associate Professor of Physics
152 Padnos Hall of Science
Department of Physics
Tel: (616) 331-2134
Fax: (616) 331-3740
Email: holderb@gvsu.edu


  • Ph.D. University of Texas at Austin, 2007.
  • B.A. Wesleyan University, 1998.

Professional Experience

  • Associate Professor of Physics, Grand Valley State University, Fall 2019 - Present.
  • Assistant Professor of Physics, Grand Valley State University, Fall 2013 - 2019.
  • Visiting Assistant Professor of Physics, Rhodes College, 2012 - 2013.
  • Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Ryerson University, 2009 - 2012.
  • Postdoctoral Research Fellow, CFTC, University of Lisbon, 2008.


  • PHY 220/221: General Physics I & II
  • PHY 230: Principles of Physics I
  • PHY 330: Classical Mechanics.
  • PHY 380: Biophysics

Research Interests

My current research focus is on mathematical and computational modeling of infectious disease. In particular, I like working with experimental data sets to understand virus infection dynamics. I also have experience and interests in statistical physics, astrophysics, nonlinear dynamics and quantum physics.

Selected Publications

  1. L.T. Pinilla*, B.P. Holder*, Y. Abed, G. Boivin and C.A.A. Beauchemin. The H275Y neuraminidase mutation of the pandemic A/H1N1 virus lengthens the eclipse phase and reduces viral output of infected cells, potentially compromising fitness in ferrets Journal of Virology 86(19), 10651-10660 (2012). (* equal contributions) doi:10.1128/JVI.07244-11
  2. S. Iwami, B.P. Holder, C.A.A. Beauchemin, S. Morita, T. Tada, K. Sato, T. Igarashi and T. Miura. Quantification system for the viral dynamics of a highly pathogenic simian/human immunodeficiency virus based on an in vitro experiment and a mathematical model, Retrovirology 9(1), 18 (2012). doi:10.1186/1742-4690-9-18
  3. B.P. Holder*, P. Simon*, L. Liao, Y. Abed, X. Bouhy, C.A.A. Beauchemin and G. Boivin. Assessing the in vitro fitness of an oseltamivir-resistant seasonal A/H1N1 influenza strain using a mathematical model, PLoS ONE 6(3), e14767 (2011). (* equal contributions) doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0014767
  4. J.M. Tavares, B.P. Holder, M. Telo da Gama. Structure and phase diagram of self-assembled rigid rods: Equilibrium polydispersity and nematic ordering in two dimensions, Phys. Rev. E 79, 021505 (2009). doi:10.1103/PhysRevE.79.021505
  5. B.P. Holder and L.E. Reichl. Stimulated-Raman-adiabatic-passage (STIRAP)-like transitions in a harmonically-modulated optical lattice, Phys. Rev. A 76, 013420 (2007). doi:10.1103/PhysRevA.76.013420
  6. B.P. Holder and L.E. Reichl. Avoided crossings in driven systems, Phys. Rev. A 72, 043408 (2005). doi:10.1103/PhysRevA.72.043408
  7. V. Strelnitski, J. Alexander, S. Gezari, B.P. Holder, J.M. Moran, M.J. Reid. H2O masers and supersonic turbulence, Astrophysical Journal 581, 1180 (2002).doi:10.1086/344244
  8. A. Seth, L. Greenhill, B.P. Holder. Water Masers as Tracers of Protostellar Disks and Outflows in the Intermediate-Mass Star-forming Region NGC 2071 Astrophysical Journal 581, 325 (2002). doi:10.1086/344225