Professor of Theoretical Physics, Rudolf Peierls Centre for Theoretical Physics
Ard A. Louis is a Professor of Theoretical Physics at the University of Oxford, where he leads an interdisciplinary research group studying problems on the border between chemistry, physics and biology, and is also director of graduate studies in Theoretical Physics. He was an undergraduate at the University of Utrecht, where he worked with Daan Frenkel. His PhD, on several topics in quantum condensed matter, was obtained at Cornell University under the supervision of Neil Ashcroft. He then worked as a postdoc in Theoretical Chemistry at Cambridge University under Jean-Pierre Hansen, where he was also a Royal Society University Research Fellow. He joined Oxford Theoretical Physics in 2006. His current research interests include the hydrodynamics of soft matter, the self-assembly of DNA and colloidal nanostructures, and biological evolution and its links to algorithmic information theory.