Find out about the ECFP core team, board and wider academic support

The ECFP team

ECFP employs a core team of experienced postdoctoral researchers who liaise with customers, scope out projects and carry out work in the laboratory. The core team is supported by a wider team of academics consisting of all Principal Investigators and senior research staff associated with the Soft Matter and Biological Physics Group. The ECFP board includes representatives from different stakeholder groups that advise on future developments in ECFP. 

Although not listed here, ECFP also engages with the group of postdocs within the research group who provide help with outreach events. ECFP supports the development of this group of early-career staff through delivering insights into industry through placements and other training opportunities.

ECFP Core Team

Daniel Hodgson

Executive Director

Daniel completed his PhD in Physics in 2016, studying the link between the flow of dense suspensions and the formation of solid particle agglomerates. His current research interests lie in investigating how the bulk rheological behaviour of dense suspensions is linked to the microscopic interactions of their components.

Andreia Silva

Impact Acceleration Associate

Andreia is a bioengineer with a PhD in complex fluids. She has expertise in using physical, chemical and mechanical techniques to understand the macroscopic and microscopic behaviour of complex fluids and the contribution of isolated components with the aim of developing new formulations.

Sashi Ramamirtham

Impact Acceleration Associate

Sashi joined ECFP as an Impact Acceleration Associate in Biological Physics on Jan’2023.He is a chemical engineer turned bio-physicist with 8+ years of research experience at the interface of industry and academia.

Denise Li

Postdoctoral Research Associate

Denise completed her PhD under the Soft Matter and Functional Interfaces Centre for Doctoral Training in 2018, studying the Structure and Stability of Phospholipids in Dermatological Formulations. Her research interest lies in understanding the structure and phase behaviour of soft matter materials in order to determine product functionality, stability and shelf life.

Rory O'Neill

Postdoctoral Research Associate

Rory has a background in mechanical engineering and physics, with much of his research focusing on the flow of complex fluids. He is currently developing apparatus to simulate the flows complex fluids are subject to in the real world. Determining the mechanisms behind these flows will help identify methods to avoid instabilities found in industrial processes. 

James Richards

Postdoctoral Research Associate

James is a soft matter physicist with a PhD from the University of Edinburgh on the rheology of concentrated suspensions. His research interests lie in developing new experimental techniques and phenomenological models to explore the intricate interplay between fluid flow, surface deformation and non-Newtonian rheology.

Susana Direito

Impact Acceleration Associate

Susana completed her PhD in the Geomicrobiology / Quantitative Microbial Ecology group at VU University Amsterdam. With expertise in microbiology and molecular biology techniques, her research interests include biofilm formation, detection, and  eradication, and advancing antimicrobial technologies. 

Susanna Richmond

Impact Officer

Susanna is the Impact Research Officer for the School of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Edinburgh. She works with ECFP staff to monitor and communicate the work carried out with industrial partners.

ECFP Board

Wilson Poon

Chair of the Board

Arthur Trew

Vice-chair of the Board

Alex Lips

Scientific Advisor

Job Thijssen

Academic Liaison

Lucinda Bruce-Gardyne

Industry Advisor

Yee-Li Lee

Business Development Executive at Edinburgh Innovations

Cait MacPhee

Scientific Advisor

Daniel Hodgson

Executive Director

Academic Team

Wilson Poon

Professor and Chair of Natural Philosophy

Cait MacPhee

Professor of Biological Physics

Paul Clegg

Professor of Applied Physics

Alexander Morozov

Professor of Fluid Mechanics

Davide Marenduzzo

Professor of Computational Biophysics

David Moore

Honorary Professor in Skin Biophysics

Tyler Shendruk

Reader in Theoretical/Computational Condensed Matter Physics

Chris Ness

Royal Academy of Engineering Research Fellow

Aidan Brown

Chancellor’s Fellow

Gavin Melaugh

Chancellor’s Fellow

John Royer

Chancellor’s Fellow of Food and Rheology

Tiffany Wood

Senior Knowledge Transfer Fellow

Jochen Arlt

Research Fellow

Ryan Morris

Postdoctoral Research Associate

Patricia Gonzalez Iglesias

Biophysics Laboratory Manager

Andrew Schofield

Soft Matter Laboratory Manager