•  2018 – present: Postdoctoral Research Fellow of Dr Thomas Montenegro-Johnson, University of Birmingham
  • 2014 – 2018: 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's research explores the physical mechanics in the world of bacteria, microbots and phage viruses. In particular she investigates

(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 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 (Phys. Rev. Fluids, to appear). 

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

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