I am a Professor of Biological Physics at the School of Physics and Astronomy, Edinburgh University. I'm also a member of SynthSys, Edinburgh's Center for Synthetic and Systems Biology.
My research focuses on biological and soft condensed matter physics, using simulations, theory and experiments. In particular, I work on microbe-environment interactions - how single-celled organisms such as bacteria survive and grow in complex and changing environments. I am especially interested in how bacterial populations are inhibited by, and evolve resistance to, antibiotics, and how nutrient-cycling microbial ecosystems establish themselves and maintain their function.
You can find me at:
Room 2507, James Clerk Maxwell Building
School of Physics and Astronomy, University of Edinburgh
Peter Guthrie Tait Road, Edinburgh EH9 3FD, UK
+44 131 6517197
Cat Mills, I and Richard Blythe have just had a paper accepted by Theoretical Ecology! It's called "Resource spectrum engineering by specialist species can shift the specialist-generalist balance".
I'm excited to be part of a team that has been awarded an EPSRC "Building Collaboration at the Physics of Life Interface" grant. This involves researchers from Sheffield, Cambridge, Newcastle and Edinburgh and will look at how antibiotic-resistant bacteria differ from sensitive ones. You can read more here.
Congratulations to Dan Taylor, who has just passed his PhD viva!
Congratulations to Rebecca Brouwers, who has just submitted her PhD thesis!