I am a lecturer in thermodynamics/fluid mechanics (to undergraduate chemical engineers).
My research interests relate to understanding and manipulating biological forces. For example the forces that hold together cancer cells in a tumor and the forces that bind drugs to a cell surface. The misfiring of these biological interactions can lead to, or be a result of disease. Thus the ultimate goal of our research is to inform the development of disease treatments based on knowledge of biological interactions. Work is highly interdisciplinary involving physics, engineering, biomedicine and chemistry. Other projects related to the manipulation of biological forces include the building of a part biological, part machine swimming robot called Cyberplasm, and the construction of artificial cells.
Postgraduate Admissions Tutor for Materials and Design MSc
BSc (First Class) Queen Mary, University of London
Phd University of St-Andrews, Scotland
Postdoc University of Cambridge
Postdoc Sandia National Labs, USA
British Biophysical Society
Royal Society of Chemistry
Institute of Physics
Russian literature, culture and language
Watching snooker on TV
Designing experiments, especially thermodynamics practicals
Cyberplasm - building hybrid bio/machine robots.
Protocell Assembly - creating the simplest self replicating artificial entity, i.e. artificial cell.
Origins of life - How did life on Earth evolve?
Cancer cell biophysics
Drug/cell surface interactions
PhD Student - Natalie Adams
PhD Student - Orr Yarkoni
PhD Student - Darman Nordin
PhD Student - Ana Penaherrera
Postdoc - Lynn Donlon
EPSRC/NSF Grant - "Cyberplasm" £301,000
EPSRC Grant "Surface Nanostructures For The Study of Biomolecular Recognition,Chirality And Crystal Growth" Principal Investigator, value £298,000
Thermodynamics Stage 1
Thermodynamics stage 2
Fluid Mechanics Stage 1
Crystallization Stage 3
Biomaterials Stage 3/4
Nanotechnology on the MRes in Biomedicine