Dr Kirsty Wan
Living Systems Institute
Skills Development Fellowship Vision
The successful fellow should begin with a clear biomedical or clinical research question or project that he or she wishes to tackle. The ideal candidate will have existing core expertise in either a biological, or alternatively a quantitative discipline, and be motivated throughout the duration of the fellowship to actively develop and broaden their range of skills, with the help and guidance offered by their chosen fellowship sponsors or mentors.
Based in the brand new Living Systems Institute, we will be able to provide successful fellows with the ideal intellectual infrastructure in which new interdisciplinary collaborations may be fostered. Candidates who choose to work with us will benefit from the freedom and prospect of applying unusual perspectives or theoretical modelling strategies to existing biomedical conundrums. These fellowships are intended as ideal opportunities for enthusiastic and talented individuals to consolidate their national and international profiles as independent researchers, and ultimately as future leaders in their chosen disciplines.
I obtained my BA, MMath, and PhD degrees from Cambridge (2006-2014), followed by a postdoc/Junior Research Fellowship at Magdalene College Cambridge, specialising in biological physics. I joined Exeter’s Living Systems Institute as a new PI in Oct 2017.
Biological physics, cellular motility, cell signalling, stochastic aspects of behaviour, mathematical modelling and analysis of biological locomotion, image analysis, micromanipulation, in vivo imaging.
- Wan KY and Goldstein RE, Coordinated Beating of Algal Flagella is Mediated by Basal Coupling, Proc Natl Acad Sci USA, 113: E2784-93 (2016)
- Wan KY and Goldstein RE, Rhythmicity, Recurrence, and Recovery of Flagellar Beating, Phys Rev Lett, 113, 238103 (2014)
- Brumley DR*, Wan KY*, Polin M, Goldstein RE, Flagellar Synchronization Through Direct Hydrodynamic Interactions, eLife, 3, e02750 (2014)
Ongoing Projects & Grants
2017, EPSRC DTP Studentship (PI/lead supervisor): “devising novel measures of ciliary and flagellar activity”
- Prof Ray Goldstein, Dr Kyriacos Leptos, Dr Francesco Boselli (Cambridge)
- Prof Gaspar Jekely, Dr Stefano Pagliara, Dr Fabrice Gielen, Prof Geoff Nash (Exeter)
- Prof Dave Smith (Birmingham)
- Dr Hermes Gadelha (York)
- Prof Eva Kanso (USC)
- Prof George Witman (UMass Medical School)
- Prof Peter Hegemann (HU Berlin)
- Dr Oliver Baeumchen (Max Planck Gottingen)
Research Group Connections