Currently, I am working on understanding muscle stem cell protrusions known as blebs. These bleb allow cell to move along muscle fibres in order to find and heal damage. We want to gain better insights into how this motion occurs. I am also interested in biological pattern formation produced through coupling diffusion and chemical reactions together, a theory that has a rich history going back to Alan Turing in 1952. When not doing mathematics I am a keen participant in mathematical outreach workshops and have given a variety of popular maths lectures. I have also had the fortune of working for the BBC, illustrating Marcus du Sautoy's book, "The Number Mysteries", and currently work on the popular maths show "Dara O'Briains school of hard sums". Image of actual blebbing cell (bottom right image) from J. Y. Tinevez, U. Schulze, G. Salbreux, J. Roensch, J. F. Joanny, and E. Paluch. Role of cortical tension in bleb growth. Proc. Nat. Acad. Sci., 106(44):18581–18586, 2009. |