Personal Chair in Computational Biophysics
School of Physics and Astronomy
Research interests centre on the areas of biological physics and soft condensed matter physics. In biological physics, I am interested in modelling DNA at several levels of complexity, either within bacteria or in eukaryotes, where it is associated with histones to form chromatin, and, at a larger scale, chromosomes. In soft matter, I am interested in liquid crystals and related materials, and the development of large scale simulation methods to study emulsions (droplets of water in liquid crystals, or of liquid crystals in water), as well as colloid-liquid crystal composites. Projects of interest address the phase beheviour, hydrodynamics, rheology and electric-field switching of these liquid crystal based materials.
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