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.
Please note that the deadline for application for the scholarships has lapsed.
A limited number of MSc and PhD studentships are available for potential students who wish to pursue graduate research in the group of Kristian Müller-Nedebock, starting in 2017. These are generously awarded by the National Research Foundation. Should you be interested in a research project please contact Kristian M-N.
Please read some useful information, should you be interested.
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.
One of the traditional, one-day winter schools preceding the Annual Conference of the South African Institute of Physics this year will be on The Biophysics of Cells and Macromolecules. Please watch the conference web site for details that will be added there in the coming weeks. This year the conference is being held at the University of Cape Town.
The Physics Department at Stellenbosch University is again holding an open event on 3 May 2016, starting at 17:30, with laboratory tours, demonstrations, and a public lecture. Please see OpenDay and http://www.sun.ac.za/english/Lists/Events/DispForm.aspx?ID=3128.
Recent talks and posters by Kristian Müller-Nedebock
- “Networks of stiff polymer chains in confined geometries” at Physical Aspects of Polymer Science (Manchester)
- “Dynamical networks of filaments with applications to active systems: motor attachments, linking, and stepping on filaments” seminar at University of Sheffield
- “Reversible network models in motor attachment, stepping and cross-linking of filaments” at EBSA (Dresden)
T Jacobs, GO Lloyd, J-A Gertenbach, KK Müller-Nedebock, C Esterhuysen, and L Barbour “In situ X-ray Structural Studies of a Flexible Host Responding to Incremental Gas Loading” Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 51, 4913–4916 (2012).
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.