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
Rebecca Brouwers' paper on the stability of beta-lactam antibiotics in bacterial growth media has just been posted on biorxiv - you can read it here!
Our paper on detection of bacteria by multivalent DNA binding has appeared in PNAS! Congratulations to the whole multinational team that was involved, and especially to first author Tine Curk. You can also read this press release on our department website!
Welcome to my new PhD student Laura Confalonieri! Laura is a SOFI2 CDT student who will work with me and Susana Direito on catheter-associated biofilms, in collaboration with Kimal Plc.
I'm honoured to have been made a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh!