Marco Polin. PI marco

Office P.552, Physics Bld. || Ph: +44(0)24 761 50966 ||  email me || CV

I graduated in Physics back in 1999 (!) at the University of Padova (Italy), with a specialisation on theoretical high energy particle physics. I then joined New York University for my Ph.D. (2001-2007), which was in David Grier‘s group at CSMR, working on colloidal interactions measured with holographic optical tweezers (experimental!). In 2007 I started working with Raymond Goldstein at DAMTP, Cambridge, on biophysics at the cellular level. I have been lucky enough to be sponsored first by a Marie-Curie Fellowship (2008-2010), then by an EPSRC Postdoctoral Fellowship (2010-2013). I joined the Physics Department in Warwick in September 2013, and I am currently an Associate Professor. Since February 2016 I am an Associate Member of Warwick Integrative Synthetic Biology Centre.

cmcb-logo_kernedIn December 2016 I  joined the Centre for Mechanochemical Cell Biology at Warwick as Group Leader.

Since September 2018 I have a joined appointment with Warwick Medical School (70/30 Physics/WMS).

My Researcher ID is H-4202-2011. You can also check my profile on Google Scholar.


Richard Henshaw.  Ph.D. Student 

Office P.160, Physics Bld. ||  email me

Richard graduated from the University of Warwick in 2015 (MSc Physics). He joined in September 2015. His Ph.D. is focussed on motility of the globally disperse marine pico-eukaryote Micromonas pusilla (the smallest known eukaryotic microorganism…. and it moves!).


Mira Latva. MIBTP Ph.D. Student 

Office P.160, Physics Bld. ||  email me

Mira graduated from the University of Eastern Finland in 2016 (Environmental Biology). She joined in September 2017 as a MIBTP Ph.D. student. During her Ph.D. Mira will work on the interaction between marine microorganisms and plastic microparticles. She is co-supervised by Joseph Christie-Oleza.


Iago Lopez-Grobas. MRC DTP Ph.D. Student 

Office MAS 3rd floor ||  email me

Iago graduated from the University of Santiago de Compostela in 2015 (Physics). He joined in September 2017 as a MRC DTP Ph.D. student. During his Ph.D. Iago will work on the relation between bacterial motility and antibiotic exposure. He is co-supervised by Munehiro Asally.


Lewis Mosby. Ph.D. Student 

Office MAS 3rd floor ||  email me

Lewis graduated from the University of Warwick in 2017 (MSc Physics). He joined in July 2017 on a Leverhulme-funded project to work on tip-tracking proteins and intracellular force generation by microtubule polymerisation. He is co-supervised by Anne Straube.

Visiting students

  • Jack Parker and Weronika Raszewska (MSc Final year project).

Some of the Friends we collaborate with 

Previously in the group


  • Matteo Contino, Ph.D. student (graduated 2017).
  • George Parry, MSc-R student (2016) and Integrate AMR Fellow (Jan-Sept 2017).
  • Raphaël Jeanneret, joined PDRA with Vasily Kantsler (2014-2017). Currently ‘Margalida Comas’ Fellow at IMEDEA in the group of Idan Tuval.
  • Kate Watkins, MRC DTP student (3 months rotation, 2017). Currently PhD student with Meera Unnikrishnan.
  • Julia Dölger, Ph.D. student with Anders Andersen at DTU Denmark (April & May 2017).


  • Javiera Leemhuis (URSS Summer 2018).
  • Freya Bull and Sophie Mount, 4th year project, a.y. 2017-2018.
  • Jonathan Roberts, URSS Student; and Simone Coppola, Summer Student (Summer 2017).
  • Semih Svasal, BSc final year project (Oct 2016).
  • Rory Claydon and Jonathan Benarroch, URSS Students (Summer 2016).
  • George Day and Arun Jaspal, BSc final year project (Oct 2015).
  • Chris Norman and Matthew Painter, MSc final year project in collaboration with Munehiro Asally (Oct 2015).
  • Matthew Lloyd and Jake Haynes, URSS students (Summer 2015).

  • Richard Henshaw and Dean Walker, MSc final year project (Oct 2014).

  • Joanna Craufurd and Charlotte Macken, BSc final year project (Oct 2014).

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