John S. Biggins
John S. Biggins


TCM Group
Cavendish Laboratory
JJ Thomson Avenue
Cambridge CB3 0HE
United Kingdom
+44 (0) 1223 3 37360

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About Me

I am a scientist and engineer working on the theoretical description of soft solids, biological systems and the mechanics of chains. I am probably best known for explaining the viral chain fountain and my work explaining that the human brain folds into it's iconic shape via a buckling instability.

My research group is part of the Mechanics, Materials and Design division of Cambridge University's Engineering Department. I also have a longstanding affiliation with the Theory of Condensed Matter Group in the Cavendish Laboratory. I am a lecturer in Engineering, and a fellow of Corpus Christi College

I am currently recruiting PhD students and PostDocs, to work on liquid crystal elastomers. These are exciting artificial-muscle like materials, and we will be using them to design and build shape shifting structures and devices. Correspondingly, I have both theory and experimental openings available. Please don't hesitate to contact me if you are interested.

This is my personal site. I also have an official TCM web profile, which gives an overview of my research, and will shortly have a profile on the Engineering Department's website too.

I recently spent a couple of years working on elasticity, growth and morphogenesis with L. Mahadevan in Harvard University's Applied Math Laboratory funded by the 1851 Royal Commission. Before that I completed a PhD on liquid-crystal rubber supervised by Mark Warner which included an extended visit to Caltech's Mechanical Engineering Department to collaborate with Kaushik Bhattatcharya.

Don't confuse me with my Dad, Prof. John D. Biggins, whose website can be found here.