Tissue growth mechanics: I’ve recently started at the Crick Institute, London, studying the mechanics of tissue growth.
Membrane biophysics: I worked at Georgetown University with Peter Olmsted, looking at the phase behaviour of lipid membranes, and am an associate member of the EPSRC CAPITALS project. This paper and follow-ups focus on the rich phenomenology of domain formation in the coupled leaflets of a bilayer. We recently collaborated with Philip Fowler (Oxford) on this paper.
Colloidal phase transitions and polydispersity: My PhD research with Mike Evans focused on colloids, particularly kinetics in polydisperse systems. Our latest paper developed measurement techniques for the complex phase behaviour of these systems, which are essentially “infinite mixtures” of many different-sized, shaped, or charged particles. We have also studied the effect of metastable states on crystal growth, providing the first particle-simulation of the “boiled-egg” mechanism.
Philosophy of science (undergraduate)
A third of my undergraduate degree was philosophy; this is responsible for a disappointing ignorance of astrophysics, in which I took no modules at all. The philosophy of science is, however, extremely worthwhile and under-appreciated within science itself.