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Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics

Career

  • 2023-date: Research Associate in the Fluid Dynamics of Sinus Infections., DAMTP. Supervisor Prof. Eric Lauga.
  • 2022-date: Research Associate in the Fluid Dynamics of Decontamination, DAMTP. Supervisors Prof. Stuart Dalziel and Prof. Julien Landel.
  • 2018-2022: PhD Student, DAMTP. Supervisor Prof. Raymond Goldstein.
  • 2014-2018: BA/MMath, Mathematics, Trinity College Cambridge

Research

George is an applied mathematician specialising in combining mathematical modelling with experimentation to elucidate the underlying physical processes driving phenomena in complex systems. Understanding these physical processes is key when tackling a wide range of environmental and industrial challenges such as the spread of bacterial biofilms or the decontamination of hazardous materials. George has a particular focus on biological systems such as bacterial biofilms and those exhibiting collective behaviour, taking inspiration from the world around us. George's methodology aims for a holistic approach, developing simultaneously theoretical and experimental capability. Theoretically, he seeks to develop reduced mathematical models, drawing on a wide range of different mathematical techniques. Experimentation arises from a combination of collaborations with experimentalists and his own experiments, both tabletop in the laboratory and out in the field.  

Academic Service

Referee for Physical Review E since 2021.

Referee for Phsical Review Fluids since 2023.

Teaching

since 2018: Undergraduate Supervisions

One-on-two tutorials for undergraduates reading for the Mathematical Tripos at Cambridge (>410 hours) in a range of Applied Mathematical Methods courses.

since 2022: STEM SMART Supervisions

Small group tutorials (up to ten students) for A-level students enrolled in the STEM SMART programme teaching both Maths and Further Mathematics (35 hours).

2018 - 2020: Tutor, Undergraduate Maths Clinic

Weekly three-hour drop-in sessions during term time.

2018 - 2019: Instructor, Part III Drop-in sessions

Regular sessions allowing Part III students to ask questions relating to Part III courses in Fluid Dynamics.

 

Publications

Biophysical Fluid Dynamics in a Petri Dish
G Fortune, E Lauga, R Goldstein
(2024)
Droplet absorption and spreading into thin layers of polymer hydrogels
MA Etzold, GT Fortune, JR Landel, SB Dalziel
– Journal of Fluid Mechanics
(2023)
974,
a7
Biofilm Growth under Elastic Confinement.
R Goldstein, G Fortune, N Oliveira
– Physical review letters
(2022)
128,
178102
Droplet absorption and spreading into thin layers of polymer hydrogels
MA Etzold, GT Fortune, JR Landel, SB Dalziel
(2022)
Biological Physics of Collective Motion: Circular Milling in Symsagittifera roscoffensis and Related Questions of Self-Organisation
G Fortune
(2022)
The fluid dynamics of collective vortex structures of plant-animal worms
GT Fortune, A Worley, AB Sendova-Franks, NR Franks, KC Leptos, E Lauga, RE Goldstein
– Journal of Fluid Mechanics
(2021)
914,
a20

Research Group

Environmental and Industrial Fluid Dynamics

Room

H0.04