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Our Research at the University of Cambridge is supported by a number of sources. Chief among them is the Schlumberger Corporation, through its generous endowment of the Schlumberger Chair of Complex Physical Systems.

Grants currently funding work in the group include:

An Established Career Fellowship from the Mathematics programme of the EPSRC entitled "Geometric, Topological, and Statistical Dynamics in Soft Matter and Mathematical Biology", supports our work in three areas: (i) Interconversions of Minimal Surfaces, in which there are fundamental topological and dynamical questions about the nature of singularities that occur when a minimal surface becomes unstable and evolves to a different minimal surface, (ii) Statistics Physical Fibre Bundles, with a focus on the elastic properties and entanglements of bundles of filaments such as hair, and Topological Inversion of Embryonic Algae, where folding of cell sheets in manner similar to gastrulation is studied to understand the interplay between cell shape and large-scale morphology.

We have an Investigator Award from the Wellcome Trust for the project "Biomechanics of Ciliated Tissues". This 5-year award allows us to focus on three inter-related aspects of ciliated tissues; morphological transformations of cell sheets, the emergence of long-range order in the orientation of beating cilia, and the origin of metachronal waves in such tissues. Much of the research will use as model organisms members of the Volvocine green algae, whose flagella are extremely close in structure to mammalian cilia, but our work also involves Xenopus.

Through the generous support of the Marine Microbiology Initiative of the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, we have a 2.5 year grant to study "A quantitative approach to marine ecosystem dynamics: from the individual to the collective". There are two thrusts to this work: the first involves a laboratory realization of algal blooms, and the second focuses on the nature of bioluminiscence of marine microorganisms.

We are grateful to the agencies below for prior research support