Peter Winlove, D.Phil
University of Exeter
After a doctorate in quantum gravity and over 20 years of research in physiological mechanics at Imperial College I moved to Exeter in 2000 to establish a new Biophysics Group with the remit of establishing links with the growing bioscience community and the new Medical School. The overarching themes of my research are the physical properties of the extracellular matrix and the plasma membrane and their roles both in normal physiology and in pathological conditions. My interests range from fundamental, and possibly slightly esoteric questions such as the molecular mechanisms of elasticity in the fibrous proteins to urgent clinical issues such as determining the earliest changes in cartilage with the onset of osteoarthritis. My research is underpinned by the development and application of new methods of multiphoton microscopy, X ray imaging and vibrational spectroscopy.