Professor Martin Howard

Project Leader Genes in the Environment

The Howard group combines simple, predictive mathematical modelling with long-lasting experimental collaborations, to dissect biological mechanisms too complex to unravel by experiments alone.

The group is currently focusing on three main areas;

Previous high-profile work in the group has revealed a reaction-diffusion mechanism for mid-cell division in E. coli, surface area-based dynamics of a cell sizer molecule in fission yeast, an arithmetic division mechanism for metabolic timing and an all-or-nothing epigenetic switching mechanism, with epigenetic gene silencing directly antagonised by transcription.

Selected Publications

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Martin has a funded PhD position available in the Marie-Curie network ‘Predictive Epigenetics: Fusing Theory and Experiment’. The project ‘Combining analogue and digital modes of gene regulation’ would suit any physicist or mathematician interested in engaging with deep problems in molecular biology.

Enquiries to join the group from interested postgraduate and postdoctoral scientists are always welcomed.

Fellowship and PhD studentship positions can potentially be funded by the BBSRC, EU or John Innes Centre.