A b o u t
I am a Physical Science Group Leader at The Crick Institute and lecturer at the Department of Physics and Astronomy at UCL. My group is interested in the ways in which biological systems organize themselves in space and time. We use tools from mathematics and physics to address this question and work closely with experimental colleagues to motivate and test our theoretical work. We are currently recruiting postdocs and PhD students, if you are interested in joining us please drop me a line.
I did my undergraduate in Mathematics at the University of Cambridge and then moved to sunny California to do an MSc in Statistics at Stanford University. After a couple of years in California, I decided I miss the rain in the UK too much and moved to London to do a PhD in Mathematical Biology at UCL.
I did my PhD with Andrew Pomiankowski and Nick Lane. My thesis focused on evolutionary biology, specifically the question of the evolution of mating types and sexual dimorphism. Following my PhD I received an EPSRC Fellowship that funded me as a postdoc for two years. During this time I continued working on evolutionary biology on questions like the evolution of mating types, mating type switching, germline evolution and the role of mitonuclear coadaptation in speciation.
As an EPSRC fellow I also decided to pursue my curiosity and interest in biophysics and pattern formation during development. This led to a collaborative project with Buzz Baum to study Notch-Delta mediated pattern formation and its role in mediating developmental timing. I have also worked alongside Jon Clarke and Paula Alexandre to understand how Notch signalling may control the spatial and temporal patterns of neuronal differentiation observed experimentally in the zebrafish.
Following this I received an HFPS fellowship to work with Marcos Gonzalez-Gaitan at the University of Geneva and Frank Jülicher at the Max Planck Institute for the Physics of Complex Systems, where I studied growth control, patterning, and the scaling of morphogen gradients during development.
You can have a look through my publications here or follow me on twitter here.