Professor Raymond Goldstein

University of Cambridge

University departments
Department of Astronomy

Position: Professor
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Professor Raymond Goldstein is pleased to consider applications from prospective PhD students.

Research description

My group focuses on nonequilibrium phenomena in the natural world, with particular emphasis on biological physics. We strive for a holistic approach in which theory and experiment seamlessly coexist. Much of our current research is involved with physical aspects of multicellularity, including studies of collective dynamics, mixing, and transport in concentrated bacterial and algal suspensions, and the more general problem of interacting, self-propelled organisms. Of interest also is the role of flagella-driven flows in the evolutionary transition from unicellular to multicellular organisms (using the Volvocine green algae as a model lineage). Experimental methods include high-speed imaging, fluorescence microscopy, microfluidics, and particle imaging velocimetry. We use a variety of model organisms to study these processes (B. subtilis, Chlamydomonas and Volvox). Theoretical tools used vary from nonlinear PDEs to statistical physics and dynamical systems methods.

Research Programme or Virtual Institute
Fundamental Biology of Cancer
Particle Imaging Velocimetry
High-speed video microscopy
cell tracking
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Key publications

Drescher K, Goldstein RE, Tuval I (2010), Fidelity of Adaptive Phototaxis, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA 107(25):11171-11176 Polin M, Tuval I, Drescher K, Gollub JP, Goldstein RE (2009), Chlamydomonas Swims With Two `Gears' in a Eukaryotic Version of Run-and-Tumble Locomotion, Science 325:487-490 Goldstein RE, Tuval I, van de Meent JW (2008), Microfluidics of Cytoplasmic Streaming and its Implications for Intracellular Transport, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA 105:3663-3667