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Neil Jenkins

PhD Research Area

Traffic Dynamics of Molecular Motors (Supervisors: Prof. Robert Cross and Dr. Stefan Grosskinsky)

I am developing a computational framework for investigating mechanochemical processes within molecular motors such as Kinesin 1 and 5 and the effects that these have on observed behaviour in Microtubule sliding assays and possible machanisms which they are involved with in vivo. We are attempting to replicate the observed behaviours qualitatively but we also have quantitative data to compare with in order to produce a model which can be used to make quantitative predictions for testing in future experiments.

Teaching Experience


Quantitative analysis for management I - 2013-2014 & 2014-2015

Quantitative analysis for management II - 2013-2014


GCSE physics, A-level maths & physiscs

MSc Projects

Dwell Time Distribution Analysis of Kinesin 1 (Supervisors: Prof. Robert Cross and Dr. Stefan Grosskinsky)

The form of the dwell time distribution of Kinesin 1 was investigated using experimantal data. It was found that a simple model of a poissonian stepper in an asymmetric simple exclustion process was insufficient to capture the observed behaviour and a model of a walker with internal states was proposed to fix this.

Modelling Race events in Formula 1

Attempting to buil a predictive model of a formula one race in order to inform models of optimum strategy. Machine learning techniques were used to suggest methods of improving the accuracy and usefulness of race simulations which are used to inform strategy decisions.


MPhys (Physics) Loughborough University. Thesis title "Surface Effects in Magnets"

(Supervisor: Dr. Joseph Betouras)

An investigation into the effects of the introduction of a surface boundary condition to an antiferromagnetic system using the Heisenberg model with Dzyaloshinsky-Moriya interactions. These interactions are shown to lead to chiral symmetry breaking and the strength of this effect and it's propogation into the bulk are approximated analytically. (PDF Document)

Neil Jenkins