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Gil Rutter

I am a first year Ph.D. student who started in October 2011. Previously, I graduated from the University of Warwick with first class honours in B.Sc. Physics and a departmental prize for my undergraduate research, in which I used Python to simulate and optimise a neutrino detector, supervised by Dr Yorck Ramachers.

My Ph.D. supervisor is Prof. M. P. Allen.

Research aims

My research involves attempting to understand how organisms manage to create nano-structured, crystalline minerals from precursors which just form an amorphous polymorph in vitro. For example, eggshell is formed from calcium carbonate in this way. It appears that intrinsically disordered proteins (IDPs), which only develop a fixed conformation when adsorped on to a suitable surface, mediate the formation of the correct polymorph. Understanding the details of this fine control would have far-reaching applications.

Therefore, my research goals are to understand:

  • How IDPs are affected by suitable surfaces,
  • How the IDPs then affect the formation of the crystalline structure.

I approach these problems using various techniques with coarse-grained computer simulations.

More detail on my research can be found on my research page.


In the first two years of my course I will be taking the following MPAGS courses:

I will also attend the following workshops offered by Warwick's Research Student Skills Programme:

  • How to be an effective researcher (22/11/2011),
  • Academic writing 1 (11/01/2012),
  • Speed reading,
  • Techniques for comprehensive literature searching (2/02/2012).

Additional courses:

  • Fortran 95 course by the HECToR CSE service (12/12/2011 for 3 days).


  • CMMP 2011 - Manchester.
Gil Rutter

Gil Rutter

Email: G dot O dot Rutter at warwick dot ac dot uk

Office: PS134