About me


I am a Reader (≈associate professor) in the Institute for Condensed Matter and Complex Systems, School of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Edinburgh. I am also affiliated with the Centre for Synthetic and Systems Biology.

My research interests span many areas of statistical and biological physics. I am particularly interested in microbial evolution and cancer. I have been working on how bacteria evolve resistance to antibiotics, how growth and migration affect genetic heterogeneity of tumours, the structure of fitness landscapes, and the growth of bacterial colonies.

In the past I worked on random matrix theory, complex networks, and driven diffusive systems (zero-range process, TASEP, and related models).

In my research I use computer simulations and analytic calculations. I also do “wet” laboratory experiments with bacteria.

You can read more about my research following the links on top of this page.


I have created a simple game to illustrate the dynamics of a viral epidemic (such as COVID-19) as well as various measures that may be used to reduce its effects. The game is still under development, but feel free to play the beta-beta version here: Epidemic! Remember this is just a game! Follow your government’s advice regarding the real thing!

I will be starting a Dioscuri Research Centre for the Physics and Chemistry of Bacteria in the Institute for Physical Chemistry, Warsaw, in September 2020. More information here.


cancelled due to COVID-19: Fundamentals of Growing Active Matter, 14-15 May 2020, Edinburgh

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