We use cutting-edge tools and intellectual concepts from the physical sciences to tackle challenging questions from the life sciences.

Our research spans multiple length scales from quantum biology and individual molecules through to single-cell physics and the biophysics of cell populations and complex tissues.

We work closely with the Biological Physical Sciences Interdisciplinary Network (BPSInet) where our researchers are involved in several cross-departmental collaborations between physical and life scientists focused on a range of biophysics questions. We also a pivotal node of the Physics of Life UK Network (PoLNET), instrumental in supporting and driving national research strategy in the Physics of Life.


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Professor Mark Leake
Coordinator of Physics of Life Group

  • Dr Agnes Noy
  • Biophysics Molecular modelling of DNA and proteins.
    Novel nanotechnology and optical microscopy.
  • Dr Chris Reardon
  • Photonics.
  • Antoinette Alevropoulos-Borrill
  • Isabel Barth
  • Victor Velasco Berrelleza
  • Toby Bird
  • Emma Elizabeth Brock
  • Matthew Burman
  • Marcus Cameron
  • Elliot Chan
  • Daniel Clarke
  • Mithila Das
  • Alexandra Drayton
  • Lara Dresser
  • George Duffett
  • Dominique Evans
  • Jennifer Ferguson
  • Sebastien Guilbaud
  • Suhaas Gupta
  • Peter Hannay
  • Benjamin Harris
  • Sarah Lecinski
  • Matteo Marozzi
  • Samuel Matthews
  • Joseph McGrory
  • Nick Meadowcroft-Lunn
  • Giampaolo Pitruzzello
  • Lewis Reeves
  • Fred Riedel
  • Erick Estuardo Rodriguez Salas
  • Sonam Sidhu
  • Emma Tong
  • George Watson
  • Bor Yior Yee
  • Sam Yoshua

About our group

We established a biological physics research centroid in 2015 following a series of open biophysics discussion events, which later grew in 2018 into one of the Physics Department's four major research groupings comprising several different research teams. It became clear that there were significant emergent activities that aligned either directly with addressing biological questions, or with applying biophysics to applications in the life sciences, including the use of biological or bio-inspired devices and materials.

Application areas

Our strength is our breadth, spanning multiple key research areas:


We host regular events with exciting internal and external speakers throughout the year:

Contact us

Professor Mark Leake
Coordinator of Physics of Life Group