Molecular and Nanoscale Physics

Science Outreach

Biochemical Society - Diversity in Science Grant 2016: Thanks to funding from the Biochemical Society we are taking part in a textiles collaboration with artists and makers Andy Wilson, Rhiannon Gregory and Paul Turner. We are contrasting the methods and mathematics behind weaving and textile production with that of protein sequences and how these inform their function. We are creating a collection of woven patterns, inspired by the amino-acid sequences of cold-shock proteins from extremophile organisms. As part of the project, we are making use of weaving looms, working out how to transliterate amino-acid sequences to peg plans in non-arbitrary ways, and are even looking at constructing a custom loom. You can find out more at the BioLeeds website and in this report in the Biochemist magazine


Pint of Science - Life on the edge, May 2016: Life is simply amazing. Over millennia humans have tried to understand and explain its origins. Today this process goes on in the laboratories of scientists across the world. Join us for this night where eminent researchers from the University of Leeds will talk about the latest research exploring the fundamentals of life and how it can exist in the most extreme of environments. The event takes place on the first floor function room at O'Neill's pub in Leeds


The Astbury Conversation, April 2016: More than 250 eminent researchers from all over the world attended the Astbury Conversation, the first international event of its kind at the University, dedicated to the subject of molecular biology. The two-day event began with an academic symposium which was followed by a public exhibition showcasing the research and technologies used in the University’s Astbury Centre for Structural Molecular Biology.

Recent Invited Talks

-Yorkshire Philosophical Society, York, February 2018

-Leeds Astronomical Society, Leeds, November 2017

-Bradford Grammar School, Christmas Lecture, December 2016

-ISIS Neutron and Muon User meeting, Warwick, July 2016

-RMS Scanning Probe Microscopy Meeting, Warwick, July 2016

-Soft Comp annual meeting, Ancona, Italy, June 2016

-University of Sheffield, Physics department, May 2016

- Physics of Life, From Molecules to Systems Winter School, Oxford, UK, January 2016

- Deep Carbon Observatory Workshop on Extreme Biophysics: Molecular Adaptation to Life at the Extremes, Washington DC, USA, November 2015