Dr Michael Gomez

I am a Research Fellow at Peterhouse, University of Cambridge. I am also a member of the Biological Physics and Mechanics research group in the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics (DAMTP).

I completed a BA in Mathematics at Christ Church, University of Oxford in 2013, followed by an MSc in Mathematical Modelling and Scientific Computing in 2014. I then moved to Pembroke College, Oxford where I completed a DPhil in Mathematics in 2018, supervised by Dominic Vella and Derek E. Moulton. Prior to joining Peterhouse, I was an awardee of the EPSRC Doctoral Prize scheme for six months based in the Mathematical Institute, Oxford.

In my research I like to apply mathematics to gain insight into physical phenomena, combining analytical techniques, scientific computing and desktop-scale lab experiments. My main interest is in elastic instabilities, such as the rapid ‘snap-through’ observed in the leaves of the Venus flytrap and when an umbrella flips upwards on a windy day. Currently, I am studying the role played by similar instabilities in biological contexts such as bacterial locomotion. Other projects I am working on include the dynamics of disordered elastic structures such as crumpled paper, and ‘elastocapillary’ systems in which surface tension forces are able to drive shape changes and instabilities. You can read more about my research and publications by clicking the ‘Research’ tab above.