Julia M Yeomans, The Rudolf Peierls Centre for Theoretical Physics
Active systems, from cells and bacteria to flocks of birds, harvest chemical energy which they use to move and to control the complex processes needed for life. A goal of biophysicists is to construct new physical theories to understand these living systems, which operate far from equilibrium. Among the many questions are: How do cells make and use complex nanoscale motors? Why do birds, bacteria and cells self-organise into similar patterns? And, surprisingly, how might topological defects be relevant in a biological context?
Julia Yeomans is Professor of Physics at the University of Oxford and Pauline Chan Fellow at St Hilda’s College. She applies techniques from theoretical and computational physics to problems in soft condensed matter and biophysics. Among her current research interests are how cells move and divide and how biofilms form. Julia is a Fellow of the Royal Society. She has four daughters and enjoys hiking, orienteering and dancing.
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Refreshments and networking available and the talk will start at approximately 7.15pm