Dr. Bartlomiej Waclaw

Research Theme:
Condensed Matter and Photonics
Research Group:
Soft Matter, Statistical Physics and Biophysics
Email address:
Telephone number:
+44 (0) 131 651 7688
School of Physics and Astronomy, James Clerk Maxwell Building, Peter Guthrie Tait Road, Edinburgh, EH9 3FD, United Kingdom

Research interests

I am a research fellow supported by the Royal Society of Edinburgh. My research spans several areas of statistical physics and biological physics: evolution of drug resistance in bacteria, migration (dispersal) in microbial populations and its effect on genetic heterogeneity of microbes, evolution of metabolic pathways, physics of growing bacterial colonies, fitness landscapes and the speed of biological evolution, spatial models of cancer, driven diffusive systems (zero-range process, TASEP, and related models). In the past I used to work on random matrix theory, random graphs and complex networks, and random walks.

In my research I use computer simulations and mathematical calculations. I also perform laboratory experiments with bacteria.You can read more about my research on my personal webpage.


I regularly give informal lectures to the Theory Club in Edinburgh, which mainly comprises postgraduate students and postdocs. I supervise MPhys projects and PhD students. I am an adviser for "Data Acquisition and Handling" at Junior Honours level. I also run a postgraduate SUPA course "Physics of biological evolution". I used to be an adviser on the course "Research Methods" (JH).

Research outputs

  1. Bacterial growth: a statistical physicist's guide DOI
    Rosalind Allen and Bartlomiej Waclaw, Reports on Progress in Physics, 82, 1 (2018)
  2. Reduced adhesion between cells and substrate confers selective advantage in bacterial colonies DOI
    Craig Watson, Paul Hush, Joshua Williams, Angela Dawson, Nikola Ojkic, Simon Titmuss and Bartlomiej Waclaw, Europhysics Letters (2018)
  3. Phenotypic Switching Can Speed up Microbial Evolution DOI
    Andrew C. Tadrowski, Martin R. Evans and Bartlomiej Waclaw, Scientific Reports (2018)
  4. Mechanical interactions in bacterial colonies and the surfing probability of beneficial mutations DOI
    Matti Gralka, Oskar Hallatschek and Bartlomiej Waclaw, Journal of the Royal Society Interface, 14, 131 (2017)
  5. CANCER Genes, environment, and "bad luck" DOI
    Martin A. Nowak and Bartlomiej Waclaw, Science, 355, 6331 , p. 1266-1267 (2017)
  6. An exactly solvable, spatial model of mutation accumulation in cancer DOI
    Chay Paterson, Martin A. Nowak and Bartlomiej Waclaw, Scientific Reports, 6 (2016)
  7. Beyond the Hypercube DOI
    Marcin Zagorski, Zdzislaw Burda and Bartlomiej Waclaw, PLoS Computational Biology, 12, 12 (2016)
  8. Antibiotic resistance: a physicist’s view DOI
    Rosalind Allen and Bartlomiej Waclaw, Physical Biology, 13, 4 , p. 045001 (2016)
  9. Allele Surfing Promotes Microbial Adaptation from Standing Variation DOI
    Matti Gralka, Fabian Stiewe, Fred Farrell, Wolfram Moebius, Bartlomiej Waclaw and Oskar Hallatschek, Ecology Letters, 19, 8 , p. 889-898 (2016)
  10. Evolution of Drug Resistance in Bacteria DOI
    Bartlomiej Waclaw, : Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology, 915, p. 49-67 (2016)
Last updated: 06 Mar 2019 at 10:01