People

Prof. David Smith (SIG leader)

School of Mathematics, University of Birmingham.

Area of expertise: Microscale swimming, in particular sperm motility; non-Newtonian fluids and suspensions; active fluids; mathematical image analysis applied to biological fluid dynamics.

Dr Ottavio Croze (SIG co-founder)

Cavendish Laboratory, University of Cambridge.

Area of expertise: Microbial motility and taxes; active fluids; algal photobioreactors; microbial synthetic ecology.

Dr Andrew Baggaley

School of Mathematics & Statistics, University of Newcastle.

Area of expertise: Swimming micro-organisms, bioconvection and collective motion.

Dr Rachel Bearon

Department of Mathematical Sciences, University of Liverpool.

Area of expertise: Cell movement in fluid environments, particularly phytoplankton and bacteria; continuum models for spatial-temporal dynamics.

Prof. Martin Bees

Department of Mathematics, University of York.

Area of expertise: Biased swimming cells in biological/ecological/industrial flows; analysis of dispersion; bioconvection; biofilms; image analysis.

Prof. (Lucasian) Michael Cates

DAMTP, University of Cambridge.

Area of expertise: Collective and emergent behaviour of self-propelled particles, microswimmers and active fluids.

Prof. Pietro Cicuta

Cavendish Laboratory, University of Cambridge.

Area of expertise: low Re and biological flows; motile cilia; rheology and surface/interface flows.

Dr William Durham

Department of Physics & Astronomy, University of Sheffield.

Area of expertise: Microbial motility, active matter, microfluidics, microbial ecology, molecular biology.

Dr Rosemary Dyson

School of Mathematics, University of Birmingham.

Area of expertise: Non-Newtonian fluids and suspensions; fibre-reinforced fluid flows; active fluids; plant growth.

Prof. Suzanne Fielding

Department of Physics, University of Durham.

Area of expertise: Hydrodynamic theory and simulation of collective behaviour of active particles.

Dr Hermes Gadelha

Department of Mathematics, University of York.

Area of expertise: Microhydrodynamics and biofluids; microfluidics and microorganisms; animal fertilization; flagellar and cytoskeletal dynamics.

Dr Eamonn Gaffney

Mathematical Institute, University of Oxford.

Area of expertise: Microswimmer motility; flagellate dynamics; exploiting image analysis for understanding microswimming.

Prof. Raymond Goldstein

DAMTP, University of Cambridge. 

Area of expertise: Algal flagellar dynamics and multicellularity; mechanics and fluid mechanics in developmental biology; collective dynamics of bacteria and algae.

Prof. Ramin Golestanian

Department of Physics, University of Oxford.

Area of expertise: Bacterial biofilms; active matter theory.

Dr Mark Haw

Department of Chemical & Process Engineering, University of Strathclyde.

Area of expertise: Algae swimming behaviour and applications to bioreactor/bioprocess design; artificial swimmers and biological transport on the nano and microscale.

Dr Rhoda Hawkins

Department of Physics & Astronomy, University of Sheffield. 

Area of expertise: Active matter theory, Cytoskeleton, active fluid droplets, active liquid crystals, cell deformation & cell motility.

Prof. Nick Hill

School of Mathematics & Statistics, University of Glasgow.

Area of expertise: Swimming micro-organisms, bioconvection, dispersion in flows, biological and ecological applications; soft tissue mechanics.

Dr Yongyun Hwang

Department of Aeronautics, Imperial College London.

Area of expertise: Collective dynamics and pattern formation in biological fluid system, bioconvection, continuum modelling.

Prof. Stuart Humphries

School of Life Sciences, University of Lincoln.

Area of expertise: Shape effects on bacterial and sperm locomotion; influence of natural viscosity on locomotion; simulations of bacterial swimming; flagellar function.

Prof. Oliver Jensen

School of Mathematics, University of Manchester.

Area of expertise: Growth of plant and animal cells and tissues.

Dr Vasily Kantsler

Department of Physics, University of Warwick.

Area of expertise: Motility and transport control in suspensions of swimming cells like bacteria or spermatozoa.

Dr Panayiota Katsamba

​School of Mathematics, University of Birmingham.

Area of expertise: Artificial microswimmers, helical propulsion.

Dr Eric Keaveny

Department of Mathematics, Imperial College.

Area of expertise: Swimming cells and their suspensions; linking individual motion and the collective dynamics; computational methods for large-scale simulation.

Dr Timm Krüger

School of Engineering, University of Edinburgh.

Area of expertise: Simulation of cell dynamics, e.g. red blood cells, in external flows.

Dr Eric Lauga

DAMTP, University of Cambridge.

Area of expertise: physics of swimming microorganisms; the flow of complex fluids; small-scale hydrodynamics. 

Prof. Davide Marenduzzo

School of Physics & Astronomy, University of Edinburgh.

Area of expertise: Hydrodynamic of active fluids; collective behaviour in microswimmers and cell suspensions; active matter.

Dr Vincent Martinez

School of Physics & Astronomy, University of Edinburgh.

Area of expertise: Biological microswimmers, e.g. bacteria and sperm, in complex fluids; non-newtonian liquids, passive/active suspensions; spatio-temporal behaviour of active fluids, microswimmers under flow. 

Dr Marco Mazza

​Mathematical Sciences, U. Loughborough

Area of expertise: Collective behavior of biological microswimmers and biofilms; motility in non-Newtonian fluids; theory and modelling.

Dr Geoff McKay

Department of Mathematics & Statistics, University of Strathclyde.

Area of expertise: 2D/3D numerical solutions of modified Ericksen-Leslie (continuum theory of active nematics); applications for micro-confined flows.

Dr Tom Montenegro-Johnson

School of Mathematics, University of Birmingham.

Area of expertise: Artificial microscale propulsion; biomimetic swimmers; diffusiophoresis; boundary element methods.

Dr Alexander Morozov

School of Physics & Astronomy, University of Edinburgh.

Area of expertise: Microorganisms swimming in Newtonian and viscoelastic fluids; coherent collective behaviour of microswimmers; microtubule-motor mixtures.

Prof. Nigel Mottram

Department of Mathematics & Statistics, University of Strathclyde.

Area of expertise: Continuum theory of active fluids: using modified Ericksen-Leslie, applications for micro-confined flows in the high and low Ericksen number limits.

Prof. Geoffrey Nash

Department of Engineering, University of Exeter.

Area of expertise: bio-inspired artificial swimmers, surface acoustic waves.

Dr Monica Oliveira

Department of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering, University of Strathclyde.

Area of expertise: Microfluidic flows of complex fluids; interaction of particles (e.g. algae, cells) with local flow and effect on fluid properties. Influence of viscosity and viscoelasticity on particle behaviour and transport.

Prof. (Emeritus) Tim Pedley

DAMTP, University of Cambridge.

Area of expertise: Individual and collective fluid mechanics of biological organisms - fish and birds as well as low Reynolds number.

Dr Marco Polin

Department of Physics, University of Warwick.

Area of expertise: Microbial motility and its environmental regulation; active suspensions; microbe-host interactions.

Dr Mitya Pushkin

Department of Mathematics, University of York.

Area of expertise: Biomixing; swimming in complex environments; active matter theory.

Prof. Wilson Poon

School of Physics & Astronomy, University of Edinburgh.

Area of expertise: Microbial motility, especially bacteria and sperm; microbial growth; active suspensions; active matter.

Prof. Bill Sloan

School of Engineering, University of Glasgow.

Area of expertise: Dispersal of bacteria in engineered biological systems; chemotaxis and response to flow regimes of biofilms.

Dr Yi Sui

School of Engineering and Materials Science, Queen Mary University of London.

Area of expertise: direct numerical simulation of blood cells under flows and complex multiphase flows.

Dr Kirsty Wan

Living Systems Institute, University of Exeter.

Area of expertise: Microscale swimming, individual/collective behavioural responses to stimuli, image analysis.

Dr Laurence Wilson

Department of Physics, University of York.

Area of expertise: Bacterial, eukaryotic and archael motility. High speed/high throughput imaging assays, holographic microscopy.

Prof. Julia Yeomans

Department of Physics, University of Oxford.

Area of expertise: Simulations and theory of active matter; cell motility; tissue mechanics; mesoscale turbulence.

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