Dr Kyriacos Leptos


  • 2013-date: Senior Research Associate, University of Cambridge, Cambridge UK
  • 2008-2012: Postdoctoral Research Associate, University of Cambridge, Cambridge UK
  • 2000-2007: PhD. in Genetics, Harvard Medical School, Boston, USA 
  • 1995-1999: B.A. in Biological Sciences, Cornell University, Ithaca, USA


Kyriacos is a member of the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics, Biological Physics group. His current research interests are flagellar dynamics and the mechanisms of how micro-organisms steer towards to or away from stimuli.

Selected Publications

  • Leptos, K.C., Wan, K.Y., Polin, M., Tuval, I., Pesci, A.I., Goldstein, R.E. Antiphase synchronization in a flagellar-dominance mutant of Chlamydomonas, Phys Rev Lett 2013. Oct; 111 (15): p. 158101
  • Helliwell, K.E., Wheeler, G.L., Leptos, K.C., Goldstein, R.E., Smith, A.G. Insights into the evolution of vitamin B12 auxotrophy from sequenced algal genomes, Mol Bio Evol 2011. Oct; 28 (10): p.2921
  • Leptos, K.C., Guasto, J.S., Gollub, J.P., Pesci, A.I., Goldstein, R.E. Dynamics of enhanced tracer diffusion in suspensions of swimming eukaryotic microorganisms, Phys Rev Lett 2009. Nov; 103 (19): p. 198103
  • Drescher, K., Leptos, K.C., Tuval, I., Ishikawa, T., Pedley, T.J., and Goldstein, R.E. Dancing Volvox: Hydrodynamic bound states of swimming algae, Phys Rev Lett 2009. Apr; 102 (16): p. 168101-4.
  •  Drescher, K., Leptos, K.C., Goldstein, R.E. How to track protists in three dimensions, Rev Sci Instrum 2009. Jan; 80 (1): p. 014301.
  • Jaffe, J.D., Mani, D.R., Leptos, K.C., Church, G.M., Mootha, V.K. and Carr, S.A.: PEPPeR: A platform for experimental proteomic pattern recognition, Mol Cell Proteomics 2006. Oct; 5 (10): p. 1927-41.
  • Leptos, K.C., Sarracino, D.A., Jaffe, J.D., Krastins, B. and Church, G.M. MapQuant: New open-source software for large-scale protein quantification, Proteomics 2006. Mar; 6 (6): p. 1770-82