Peter Winn

Colleges, School and Institutes

Willingness to take PhD students


PhD projects

Peter Winn’s group is interested in the physical and chemical processes that are important for biological organisation. In particular, how does this influence protein evolution? The aim of the group is to use mathematical models to better understand these biological process. The complexity of the biological systems challenges the application of modelling techniques. It is necessary to develop models that are simple enough to be understood (calculable), but are complex enough to give a biologically meaningful result. Beyond the immediate intellectual curiosity that these systems arouse, better understanding of the elements of biological function and organisation will give a better insight into human disease and will advance bio- and nano-technology.

At the moment we have some extremely exciting results in the area of using deep learning for predicting protein structure and students wishing to undertake a PhD who have a solid background in computer science and an interest in learning about protein structure and function are particularly welcome.