Considering doing research in our group?

We welcome interest in joining the post-graduate research programme in this group. Please peruse the pages on this site to see what kind of research on this site.

For 2017 and beyond the efforts in the group will focus on the following issues:

  • Active matter (in particular further exploration of motility assays)
  • Confined networks (computer simulations and analytical calculations on the distribution of filaments within confined environments). An important task will be the development of image processing algorithms and detailed interpretations of experiments (various types of microscopy). This project has close collaboration with experimentalist colleagues in Stellenbosch and the UK.
  • Mitochondrial networks or autophagy: computer modelling from general flow properties to detailed simulations.

Interested persons should have a strong background in statistical physics and some field theoretical techniques. As can be seen from the projects descriptions above strong computational skills are also required. The field is fast-moving and challenging which requires extremely dedicated and capable scientific minds!

Please include in your initial query a detailed academic record (listing specifically the quantum mechanics and statistical physics texts you studied), a CV, as well as a paragraph or two why you would like to do research in the specific fields of the research group.

Group member: Somiéalo Azote

Somiéalo Azote joins the group in September 2015 to pursue a PhD, working on mechanical properties of collections of cells.

Currently Somiéalo is working on the role of cytoskeletal networks in the elastic response of cells. Eventually this will be coupled into a model for tissues.

We are grateful for generous funding of her studies by the Organisation for Women in Science for the Developing World.

Group member: Sthembiso Gumede

Sthembiso Gumede has been a member of the group for a number of years.  Currently he is well into his research for PhD on tethered membranes and their stability.  Previously, Sthembiso completed a MSc degree on polymer translocation, also in the group.

We appreciate funding of his work from the National Institute for Theoretical Physics.

Janusz Meylahn MSc successful

Janusz Meylahn, group member and MSc student, has successfully passed his MSc exam.

We congratulate Janusz and wish him well in his next adventure!