Many swimming microorganisms respond to light stimuli. Can we then use light to change the behaviour of a whole population and “order” the suspension to mix itself? Discover it in our new work, just accepted for publication in Physical Review Letters. A collaboration with our friends at IMEDEA (Link to be added asap. In the meantime you can access the Arxiv version).
Great news! On Friday Richard has successfully defended his PhD thesis 🙂 We were all very happy and wish Richard all the best in his future postdoc at Tufts! A couple of papers from his thesis work on micromonas will be submitted later this year 🙂
PhD and PDRA opening for biophysics of phototaxis
Currently seeking a PhD student (UK/EU) and a PDRA (any nationality) to work on an exciting new international and interdisciplinary project exploring the link between light-induced motility and photosynthesis in microalgae.
The project is generously funded by The Leverhulme Trust, and is a collaboration with Idan Tuval (IMEDEA, Mallorca Spain) and Dimitris Petroutsos (CEA, Grenoble France). It will involve extensive travelling between the partners (all costs covered)!
Apply here or here for the PhD, and here for the PDRA. Starting date Sept 2019 (potentially flexibility). Project duration 3.5y.
For more informations, feel free to contact Marco.
Richard lands US postdoc!
Great news! Richard has been offered a postdoctoral position by Jeff Guasto at the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Tufts University! Well done Richard!
URSS funding for Javiera
Javiera Leemhuis, 3rd year undergraduate in Physics at Warwick, was awarded a £1000 URSS bursary for a 10-weeks URSS project this summer in collaboration with me and Kela Lushi, looking at the behaviour of microswimmers in complex confinement. Well done Javiera!
Pilot Project from Network Plus
We’re delighted to share the news that we have received travel funds from the EPSRC Network Plus Emergence and Physics Far From Equilibrium to kickstart a collaboration with the groups of Dr. Giorgio Volpe (UCL, UK), Dr. Nuno Araújo (U. Lisbon, Portugal) and Dr. Idan Tuval (IMEDEA-UIB, Spain). The project, which will start later this year, focusses on understanding and controlling transport properties of binary suspensions where microscopic active particles interact with passive ones (cargoes).
Albert Shimmins International Fellowship
Great news! Together with my friend (and host) Douglas Brumley, we have been awarded an Albert Shimmins International Fellowship from the University of Melbourne (AUD 15k) to help fund my 2-months visit to the Mathematics Department in Melbourne!
A Ph.D. studentship is available to join our group at Warwick! The project is a collaboration with Idan Tuval (IMEDEA, Spain) and Giorgio Volpe (UCL, UK). It will focus on dynamics and control of active matter suspensions, with a large experimental component (but most likely also some modelling/numerical simulations). To know more see here, and send us an email!
Iago @ IFF Spring School
Iago has been awarded a Flexible Training Award (£690) from the MRC IBR DTP to fund his participation to the IFF Spring School 2018. Well done Iago!
Dr. Matteo Contino
Matteo had a great Ph.D. viva yesterday, and is finally Dr. Contino! (Ok, he still has some minor corrections… but still). He will now move to Oxford to work for a spin-off of the University of Oxford.
Well done Matteo and good luck for the future!