Richard G. Morris (Group Leader)

After completing a Masters in Mathematical Physics from the University of Edinburgh, and following a short spell working in investment banking, Richard completed a PhD in Theoretical (Statistical) Physics from the University of Manchester.  He then undertook postdocs at the Institut de Physique Theorique (IPhT) at the CEA in Saclay, France, and the University of Warwick, in the UK.  This facilitated a transition from Statistical Physics to Theoretical Soft-Condensed Matter, a trajectory that concluded with a move into Biology when he took up the position of Simons Fellow at the National Centre for Biological Sciences (NCBS) in Bangalore, India.  He was appointed as an EMBL-Australia Group Leader in 2019, and has a joint position at UNSW, Sydney, between Single Molecule Science (SMS) and Physics.  Richard is married with four daughters.

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Emanuele Crosato (Postdoc)

Emanuele completed a BSc in Computer Science at the University of Padua, and an MSc in Artificial Intelligence at the Free University of Amsterdam. After moving to Australia, he then completed a PhD in Complex Systems Science at the University of Sydney, where he applied concepts of information theory and statistical mechanics to study collective dynamics of biological and socio-economic systems.  The current focus of Emanuele’s research is on the thermodynamics
of emergent phenomena in active matter. When he is not studying active matter, he spends his time riding his motorbike, taking photographs and playing the piano. (He’s still attempting to learn
Dutch too).

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Sami Al-Izzi (Postdoc)

Sami completed his BSc in Theoretical Physics at University College London before taking Part III of the Mathematical Tripos at the University of Cambridge. He then moved to the University of Warwick to pursue a 4 year MSc+PhD at the CDT in Mathematics of Systems, where the PhD was supervised jointly between Warwick and Institut Curie (Sorbonne Université). His PhD research focused on using concepts from soft matter physics, differential geometry and hydrodynamics to understand the dynamics of lipid membrane tubes in a variety of conditions mimicking cellular processes.  Sami’s current research interests are in applying ideas from geometry and hydrodynamics to experimental problems in developmental/mechano biology. He hopes to use these methods to better understand the interplay between geometry, forces and cell signalling, and to provide useful quantitative tools and theory for experimental biologists. In his spare time he enjoys climbing, running and playing guitar.

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Richard Spinney (Postdoc)

Richard completed an MSci at the University of Nottingham before completing his PhD at University College London. This was followed by research positions at University College London and the University of Sydney. Richard's research and interests lie in aspects of nonequilibrium statistical physics, encompassing stochastic thermodynamics, information theory, and stochastic processes. This has led to applications in information thermodynamics, computation, emergent behaviour in soft matter, and computational neuroscience. He is currently investigating the kinetics of designer molecules. Beyond research he enjoys cycling and spending time exploring New South Wales.

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Mitchell Kiely (Hons. student)

Mitchell is currently enrolled in the UNSW Honours program, majoring in physics. His research project involves simulating semi-Markov spatial extensions of otherwise mean-field models of noise-induced alignment in schools of fish. In his spare time he enjoys playing games such as chess and poker, snorkeling at the multiple bays found throughout Sydney, and struggling to learn French.

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