Ms Stanard Mebwe Pachong shall be presenting the public part of her Ph.D. defence at 09:00 on Wednesday, 26 April 2017. Venue: Seminar Room of the Merensky Building for Physics.
Congratulations to Jurgen Kriel on being awarded an MSc in Physiological Sciences under the expert supervision of Ben Loos.
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.
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.
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, group member and MSc student, has successfully passed his MSc exam.
We congratulate Janusz and wish him well in his next adventure!
2014 saw graduations of two PhD students
- Christian M Rohwer, with a study on entanglements in polymers
- J Mohau Mateyisi, with a study on diffusion in coupled single-file pores
and an MSc student
- Sthembiso R Gumede, with a study of polymer translocation
There is also an article on December 2014 PhDs in the Physics Department at Stellenbosch University http://www.sun.ac.za/english/Lists/news/DispForm.aspx?ID=2110 .