Group Members


Reader in Theoretical/Computational Condensed Matter Physics

PI: Tyler N. Shendruk

Tyler is a computational physicist who models flowing, soft matter and biophysical systems in the School of Physics & Astronomy at the University of Edinburgh. Previously, he was Lecturer at Loughborough University, before which he was an Independent Fellow in the Center for Studies in Physics and Biology at Rockefeller University. During his time in the Rudolf Peierls Centre for Theoretical Physics at the University of Oxford working with Professor Julia Yeomans, he was an EMBO-Long Term Fellow, Research Associate in Wadham College and Non-stipendiary Junior Research Fellow in St. Hilda’s College. His PhD was with Professor Gary Slater at the University of Ottawa.

Post-doctoral Research Associate

Benjamín Loewe


Benjamín is a theoretical soft matter physicist, currently interested in the dynamics and emergent collective phenomena of active systems such as cellular tissues and active microtubule bundles. After pursuing BS and MS studies at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, he obtained his PhD. at the Georgia Institute of Technology under the tutelage of Paul Goldbart and held postdoctoral positions in the group of Cristina Marchetti at both Syracuse University and University of California, Santa Barbara. Outside of physics, he enjoys playing the cello and reading.

Graduate Student

Louise Head

Louise studies the dynamics of colloids suspended in passive and active nematic liquid crystals, developing the group’s MPCD algorithm. She was previously a Physics student at the University of Warwick, graduating in 2020. Her MPhys project was a theoretical study of the twist-bend nematic phase, supervised by Dr. Gareth Alexander. Outside of research, Louise is a two-time English Women’s Chess Champion (2017 and 2019) and was the President of the University of Warwick chess society in 2018-19.

Graduate Student

Timofey Kozhukhov

Tim studies active liquid crystals and novel new ways to simulate them. His main focus is on the group’s MPCD codebase, designing and implementing new collision operators for the simulation of active matter. He also helps to manage the group’s various code bases and code distribution via Git. Tim previously studied Mathematics at the University of Bristol, where he worked with Prof. Liverpool on the analysis of bacteria suspended in liquid crystals, and with Dr Henkes on the simulation of crowd dynamics and turbulence.

Graduate Student

Jack Paget

Jack’s focus is on smectic liquid crystals and novel methods for describing their structure, defects and flow with plans to use these models to describe active systems such as bacteria colonies. He was previously a Mathematics student at Oxford University where he completed projects on collective cell motility and computational approaches to nanopore sequencing with Prof. Philip K. Maini and Prof. Jotun Hein respectively. Outside of Mathematics, Jack competes in Track and Field, previously serving as the President of the Oxford University Athletic Club.

Graduate Student

Ryan Keogh

Ryan is a current PhD student at Edinburgh University. His research is focuses around active nematic liquid crystals (intrinsically out-of-equilibrium systems that exhibit self-propulsion). He is interested in capturing the three-dimensional hydrodynamics of these fluids as well as their topological structure under different geometries. Outside of research, he enjoys long distance running, photography, and amateur boxing.

Undergraduate Project Students

Karolina Wamsler

Tom Bramwell

Dan Buxton

Holly Haworth

Keira Farmer

Previous Members

Alex Parker (MSc) Modelling Polymeric Materials in Internally Ordered Biofluids, Loughborough University, 2019-2020

Steven Norfolk (MSc) Collective dynamics of simulated swimming micro-organisms and self-ordering mono-layers under confinement, Loughborough Universitym 2019-2020
EPSRC Physics of Life Student Summer Bursary