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Sami Al-Izzi

From January 2020 I will be a PostDoc at EMBL-Australia Sydney Node/UNSW in the group of Richard G. Morris. For current webpage see:


  • 2016-2019 PhD Mathematics of Systems - University of Warwick & Institut Curie (Sorbonne Universit√©)
  • 2015-2016 MSc Mathematics of Systems - University of Warwick
  • 2013-2014 MASt Part III Mathematics - University of Cambridge
  • 2010-2013 BSc Theoretical Physics - University College London


My PhD research is focused on the morphology and dynamics of lipid membrane tubes, in particular the role of osmotic pressure and membrane hydrodynamics in sub cellular processes. More broadly my interests are in the application of geometrical methods to problems in the theory of soft/biological matter.

I am supervised by Prof. Matthew Turner (Physics and Complexity, Warwick) and Prof. Pierre Sens(Institut Curie, Paris).


- Shear-driven instabilities of membrane tubes and Dynamin-induced scission - S. C. Al-Izzi, P. Sens & M. S. Turner (under review - arXiv)

- Hydro-osmotic instabilities in active membrane tubes - S. C. Al-Izzi, G. Rowlands, P. Sens & M. S. Turner - Phys. Rev. Lett. 120, 138102 (2018)


16/03/2018 - Hydro-osmotic instabilities in active membrane tubes - Contributed talk at DPG/EPS condensed matter division meeting, Berlin

09/06/2016 - Convex Optimisation in Communications Systems - Invited talk at BT, Adastrall Park, with Roger Hill, Robert Gowers and Tim Pollington.


Here is some example code for cvxpy (a symbolic convex optimisation package for python) that I worked on with Robert Gowers, Tim Pollington, Roger Hill and Keith Briggs (BT). Example 1, 2, 3, 4.


In my spare time I enjoy boldering, playing guitar and mandolin.

Photo of me

Research Interests

  • Biophysics & Mathematical Biology of the Cell
  • Physics of Membranes
  • Fluid Dynamics
  • Equilibrium & Non-Equilibrium Statistical Mechanics
  • Applications of Differential Geometry
  • Active Matter