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
Our paper "Predicting the dynamics of bacterial growth inhibition by ribosome-targeting antibiotics" has appeared in Physical Biology in the Special Issue on the physics of antimicrobial resistance!
Congratulations to our postdoc Susana Direito, who has been awarded a University of Edinburgh EPSRC Impact Acceleration Account award for a collaborative project with AMT technologies!
Our paper, together with my former student Tim Bush and collaborators Jef Huisman and Gerard Muijzer in Amsterdam, has appeared in Nature Communications. It shows how microbes can cause oxic-anoxic regime shifts in freshwater lakes.