•  2014 – Present: PhD Student (Supervisor: Prof Eric Lauga), DAMTP, University of Cambridge,                              Thesis title: `Biophysics of helices: Bacteria, viruses, and devices.’
  • 2013 - 2014: Part III Mathematics (MMath), University of Cambridge
  • 2010 - 2013: Undergraduate Mathematical Tripos (BA), University of Cambridge


Panayiota is a member of the Biological Physics and Mechanics research group in the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics.  Her supervisor is Professor Eric Lauga.  

Her research explores the physical mechanics in the world of bacteria, focusing on three aspects:

(1) The migration of flagellotropic bacteriophage viruses infecting bacteria;

(2) The effect of elasticity of the bacterial flagellar filament on the propulsion of the cells and their ability to traverse constrictions;

(3) The control of bio-inspired artificial microswimmers - `artificial bacteria'- with promising applications in non-invasive medicine.


Propulsion by stiff elastic filaments in viscous fluids, P. Katsamba and E. Lauga (in preparation).

Hydrodynamics of bacteriophage migration along bacterial flagella, P. Katsamba and E.Lauga (in preparation). 

Adaptive locomotion of artificial microswimmers, Hen-Wei Huang, Fazil Emre Uslu, P. Katsamba, Qianwen Chao, Eric Lauga, Mahmut Selman Sakar, and Bradley J. Nelson (submitted).

Micro-Tug-of-War: A Selective Control Mechanism for Magnetic SwimmersP. Katsamba and E. Lauga, Phys. Rev. Applied 5, 064019, 2016 (Editor’s Suggestion).