PhD project: The physics of predation
Predatory behaviour presents a diverse range of exciting problems for the physicist, from the strange connection between prime numbers and the life cycles of cicadas  to the packing of DNA inside a bacteriophage . In this project you will look at these kind of problems in a model bacterial predator-prey system (Bdellovibrio bacteriovorus preying on Escherichia coli). We will investigate this system at all levels, from the detailed hydrodynamic and electrostatic interactions between the two bacteria, to large-scale population dynamics and evolution. There will be opportunities for both experimental and theoretical work, and candidates with the desire to partake in both are particularly encouraged to apply.
 Campos et al. "Emergence of Prime Numbers as the Result of Evolutionary Strategy" Phys. Rev. Lett. 93, 098107 (2004).
 Ali et al. "Polymer packaging and ejection in viral capsids: shape matters." Phys. Rev. Lett. 96, 208102 (2006).
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