Rhoda Hawkins

Lecturer in Biological Physics Theory – Department of Physics and Astronomy

Dr Rhoda Hawkins grew up in a Christian family, where she developed a keen interest in studying the world around her through science. Following her first degree at Oxford, she left to do her PhD at Leeds, where she had previously experienced a supportive research environment during a summer placement. After a number of postdoctoral positions in both Europe and the UK, one of which led her to question her place in science and academia, she regained her love of science and discovered a passion for teaching – a chance to step back from research and do something positive. She applied for a variety of fellowships before it was suggested to her that she should apply for a lectureship, as this was not necessarily more difficult to achieve. The balance between teaching and research is still important to her now in her lectureship and, while balancing the pressures and expectations of the role can be challenging, she enjoys every aspect.

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Career Timeline

2000

Second author paper

“Linear melt rheology and small-angle X-ray scattering of AB diblocks vs A(2)B(2) four arm star block copolymers” D.M.A. Buzza, A.H. Fzea, J.B. Allgaier, R.N. Young, R.J. Hawkins, I.W. Hamley, T.C.B. McLeish and T.P. Lodge Macromolecules 33 (2000) 8399-8414

2001

Second author paper

“Linear rheology of diluted linear, star and model long chain branched polymer melts” D.R. Daniels, T.C.B. McLeish, R. Kant, B.J. Crosby, R.N. Young, A. Pryke, J. Allgaier, D.J. Groves, R.J. Hawkins Rheol. Acta 40 (2001) 403-415

2002

MPhys(Hons) in Physics, 1st Class – St Anne’s College, University of Oxford

2002

Second author paper

“Rheology of three-arm asymmetric star polymer melts” A.L. Frischknecht, S.T. Milner, A. Pryke, R.N. Young, R. Hawkins, T.C.B. McLeish Macromolecules 35 (2002) 4801-4820

2004

First author paper

“Coarse-grained model of entropic allostery” Rhoda J. Hawkins and Tom C.B. McLeish Physical Review Letters 93 (2004) 098104

2005

PhD in theoretical physics at the interface with biology, University of Leeds

2005

Postdoctoral researcher, FOM Institute for Atomic and Molecular Physics, Amsterdam

2006–present

Peer reviewer for international journals (e.g. PRL, PRE, EPL, JPCM)

2006

First author paper

“Dynamic allostery of protein alpha helical coiled-coils” Rhoda J. Hawkins and Tom C.B. McLeish Journal of The Royal Society Interface 3 (2006) 125-138 [ pdf ] * award winning article *

2006

First author paper

“Coupling of Global and Local Vibrational Modes in Dynamic Allostery of Proteins” Rhoda J. Hawkins and Tom C.B. McLeish Biophysical Journal 91 (2006) 2055-2062

2007

Postdoctoral researcher, Universite ́ Pierre et Marie Curie/CNRS & Institut Curie, Paris

2007

Second author paper

“Structures of Smooth Muscle Myosin and Heavy Meromyosin in the Folded, Shutdown State” S.A. Burgess, S. Yu, M.L. Walker, R.J. Hawkins, J.M. Chalovich and P.J. Knight Journal of Molecular Biology 372 (2007) 1165-1178 [ pdf ]

2008

Book contribution

Chapter in “Geleerd & Gelovig” (Dutch for Scholar & Believer) editor Cees Dekker, Ten Have, ISBN 9789025958947

2009

Invited talk – Statistical Physics of Active Matter, IHP, Paris, France

2009

EC-funded HPC-Europa2 visitor programme, University of Edinburgh, UK

2009

First author paper

“Pushing off the Walls: A Mechanism of Cell Motility in Confinement” R. J. Hawkins, M. Piel, G. Faure-Andre, A.M. Lennon-Dumenil, J.F. Joanny, J. Prost and R. Voituriez Physical Review Letters 102 (2009) 058103 [ pdf ]

2009

First author paper

“Rebuilding cytoskeleton roads: Active-transport-induced polarization of cells” Rhoda J. Hawkins, Olivier Benichou, Matthieu Piel and Raphael Voituriez Physical Review E 80 (2009) 040903(R) [ pdf ]

2010

Fondation Pierre-Gilles de Gennes personal postdoctoral bridge funding

2010

First author

“Mechanisms of cell motion in confined geometries” Rhoda J. Hawkins and Raphael Voituriez Mathematical Modelling of Natural Phenomena 5 (2010) 84-105 [ pdf ]

2010

Second author paper

“Survival of the aligned: ordering of the plant cortical microtubule array” Simon H. Tindemans, Rhoda J. Hawkins, and Bela M. Mulder Physical Review Letters 104 (2010) 058103 [ pdf ]

2010

First author paper

“Model for the orientational ordering of the plant microtubule cortical array” Rhoda J. Hawkins, Simon H. Tindemans and Bela M. Mulder Physical Review E 82 (2010) 011911 [ pdf ]

2010

Postdoctoral researcher, Department of Mathematics, University of Bristol

2011

First author paper

“Spontaneous contractility-mediated cortical flow generates cell migration in 3-dimensional environments” Rhoda J. Hawkins, Renaud Poincloux, Olivier Benichou, Matthieu Piel, Philippe Chavrier and Raphael Voituriez Biophysical Journal 101 (2011) 1041 [ pdf ]

2011

Book contribution

Translation of textbook “Invariances d’e ́chelle” by M. Lague ̈s and A. Lesne from French to English “Scale Invariance”, Springer, ISBN 978-3-642-15122-4

2011

Visiting lecturer, African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (South Africa 2011, Senegal (2012, 2013, 2014) & Ghana (2016))

2011

Lecturer in Physics, Department of Physics & Astronomy, University of Sheffield

2011

2nd year undergraduate tutorials, undergraduate and masters project supervision

2011

Lecturer and module leader for 2nd year undergraduate Classical Physics

2012

Second author paper

“Analysis of a non local model for spontaneous cell polarisation” Vincent Calvez, Rhoda J. Hawkins, Nicolas Meunier, Raphael Voituriez SIAM Journal on Applied Mathematics 72 (2012) 594-622 [ pdf ]

2012

Second author paper

“Evidence of a large-scale mechanosensing mechanism for cellular adaptation to substrate stiffness” Lea Trichet, Jimmy Le Digabel, Rhoda J. Hawkins, Sri Ram Krishna Vedula, Mukund Gupta, Claire Ribrault, Pascal Hersen, Raphael Voituriez and Benoit Ladoux PNAS 109(18) (2012) 6933-6938 [ pdf ]

2012–present

Faculty of Science Researcher Development Group committee member

2012–present

Department Soft matter physics research seminar series organiser

2012–present

PhD viva examiner, internal and external at The University of Sheffield

2012

Invited talk – KITP workshop Physics and Mathematics of Cancer, Santa Barbara, USA

2012

BBSRC BB/K002511/1 with Kathryn Ayscough, Co-I

2013–present

Department Athena SWAN self-assessment team committee member

2013–present

Department Tutor for International students

2013–present

Institute of Physics Biological Physics Group Committee member

2013

Invited talk – Isaac Newton Institute for Mathematical Sciences Satellite meeting, Leeds, UK

2014–present

Lecturer and module leader new 4th year MPhys module Biological Physics, University of Sheffield

2014–present

UK national “Christians in Science” committee member

2014–present

University Strategic Development Group

2014–present

Faculty International Relations Group committee member

2014–present

Department UCAS open day organiser

2014

Second author paper

“Active polar fluid flow in finite droplets” Carl A. Whitfield, Davide Marenduzzo, Raphael Voituriez and Rhoda J. Hawkins European Physical Journal E 37 (2014) 8 [pdf]

2014

First author paper

“Stress reorganisation and response in active solids” Rhoda J. Hawkins and Tanniemola B. Liverpool Physical Review Letters 113 (2014) 028102 [ pdf ]

2014

Invited talk – EPSRC Physics of life summer school, Lancaster, UK

2014

Second author paper

“Spontaneous motility of passive emulsion droplets in polar active gels” G. De Magistris, A. Tiribocchi, C. A. Whitfield, R. J. Hawkins, M. E. Cates and D. Marenduzzo Soft Matter 10 (2014) 7826-7837 [ pdf ]

2014

EPSRC Grant EP/L026848/1, PI

2015

EPSRC Physical Sciences Prioritisation Panel member

2015

Institute of Physics Science & Innovation Committee member

2015

Conference organisation: PhysCell, IOP, IUPAB/EBSA

2015

EPSRC Physics of Life Network Collaboration Fund with Martin Cann

2015

Book Contribution

Contributed to a chapter in “God in the Lab: How Science Enhances Faith” by Ruth Bancewicz Monarch Books (2015) ISBN: 9780857215680

2015

Invited talk – Transforming the Mind Christian Postgraduate Conference, Dovedale, UK

2016

EPSRC SHAMROK Pump Priming fund with Simon Johnston

2016

Invited talk – OP Topical meeting keynote talk, Higgs Centre, Edinburgh, UK

2016

CRUK Grant C8525/A21082 co-I (PI Nicola Brown & Jamie Hobbs)