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Dr Anders Aufderhorst-Roberts


Lecturer in the Department of Physics
Member of the Centre for Materials Physics


Short biography

I am a soft matter physicist with an interest in understanding the mechanistic origins of the unique and unusual mechanical properties of living materials. My research focusses in creating simple reductionist systems to understand complex biomechanical phenomena, particularly related to cytoskeletal filaments and lipid membranes. My research background is broad and varied and I enjoy making connections with researchers from connected disciplines including theoretical researchers, industrial scientists and biologists. Since joining Durham in 2020, my current interests focus on how biological networks respond and adapt to changing chemical and mechanical perturbation. 

  • 2020 - present: Lecturer in Soft Condensed Matter, Durham University
  • 2018-2020: Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Engineered Polyproteins, University of Leeds
  • 2015-2018: Postdoctoral Researcher in Biological Soft Matter, AMOLF, the Netherlands
  • 2013-2015: Postdoctoral Researcher in Mechanics of Lipid Membranes, University of Leeds
  • 2008-2013: PhD in Physics of Biological and Soft Matter, Cavendish Laboratory, University of Cambridge and Unilever R&D
  • 2003-2008: Masters Degree in Physics, University of Glasgow

Research interests

  • Atomic Force Microscopy/Spectroscopy
  • Cytoskeletal Mechanics
  • Lipid Membranes
  • Microrheology
  • Nonlinear Rheology
  • Soft condensed matter physics


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