Prof. Rosalind Allen

Personal Chair of Biological Physics
Research Theme:
Condensed Matter and Photonics
Research Group:
Soft Matter, Statistical Physics and Biophysics
Email address:
Telephone number:
+44 (0)131 651 7197
School of Physics and Astronomy, James Clerk Maxwell Building, Peter Guthrie Tait Road, Edinburgh, EH9 3FD, United Kingdom

Research interests

Dr. Allen's research focuses on biological and soft condensed matter physics, using simulations, theory and experiments. She is particularly interested in applying ideas and methods from physics to the important emerging biological question of how microbial populations develop, interact and function as ecosystems. Dr. Allen also contributes to the development of advanced computer simulation methods, to our understanding of the kinetics of protein aggregation, and to understanding the behaviour of non-equilibrium active matter.


I jointly teach the level 11 course Biological Physics.

Research outputs

  1. Trajectory reweighting for non-equilibrium steady states DOI
    Patrick B. Warren and Rosalind J. Allen, Molecular Physics, 116, 21-22 , p. 3104-3113 (2018)
  2. Bacterial growth: a statistical physicist's guide DOI
    Rosalind Allen and Bartlomiej Waclaw, Reports on Progress in Physics, 82, 1 (2018)
  3. Predicting the dynamics of bacterial growth inhibition by ribosome-targeting antibiotics DOI
    Philip Greulich, Jakub Dolezal, Matthew Scott, Martin R. Evans and Rosalind J. Allen, Physical Biology, 14, 6 (2017)
  4. Oxic-anoxic regime shifts mediated by feedbacks between biogeochemical processes and microbial community dynamics DOI
    Timothy Bush, Muhe Diao, Rosalind J. Allen, Ruben Sinnige, Gerard Muyzer and Jef Huisman, Nature Communications, 8 (2017)
  5. The Pseudomonas aeruginosa PSL Polysaccharide Is a Social but Noncheatable Trait in Biofilms
    Rosalind Allen, Yasuhiko Irie, Aled Roberts, Kasper Kragh, Vernita Gordon, Jaime Hutchison, Gavin Melaugh, Thomas Bjarnsholt, Stuart West and Stephen Diggle, mBio (2017)
  6. Assembly of Microbial Communities in Replicate Nutrient-Cycling Model Ecosystems Follows Divergent Trajectories, Leading to Alternate Stable States DOI
    Eulyn Pagaling, Kristin Vassileva, Catherine Mills, Timothy Bush, Richard Blythe, Jana Schwarz-Linek, Fiona Strathdee, Rosalind Allen and Andrew Free, Environmental Microbiology, 19, p. 3374-3386 (2017)
  7. Antibiotic resistance: a physicist’s view DOI
    Rosalind Allen and Bartlomiej Waclaw, Physical Biology, 13, 4 , p. 045001 (2016)
  8. Role of Multicellular Aggregates in Biofilm Formation DOI
    Kasper N Kragh, Jaime B Hutchison, Gavin Melaugh, Chris Rodesney, Aled E L Roberts, Yasuhiko Irie, Peter Ø Jensen, Stephen P Diggle, Rosalind J Allen, Vernita Gordon et al., mBio, 7, 2 (2016)
  9. Shaping the growth behaviour of biofilms initiated from bacterial aggregates DOI
    Gavin Melaugh, Jaime Hutchison, Kasper Nørskov Kragh, Yasuhiko Irie, Aled Roberts, Thomas Bjarnsholt, Stephen P. Diggle, Vernita D. Gordon and Rosalind J. Allen, PLoS One, 11, 3 (2016)
  10. Challenges in microbial ecology: building predictive understanding of community function and dynamics DOI
    Stefanie Widder, Rosalind J. Allen, Thomas Pfeiffer, Thomas P. Curtis, Carsten Wiuf, William T. Sloan, Otto X. Cordero, Sam P. Brown, Babak Momeni, Wenying Shou et al., The ISME Journal, 10, p. 2557-2568 (2016)
Last updated: 19 Feb 2018 at 21:11