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Dr Kirsty Wan

Dr Kirsty Wan

Senior Research Fellow

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 +44 (0)1392 727447

 Living Systems Institute T03.09

 

Living Systems Institute, University of Exeter, Stocker Road, Exeter, EX4 4QD

Overview

My main research interests concern microscale appendages called cilia, also known as eukaryotic flagella, which are evolutionarily ancient. We are pioneering novel biophysical approaches to understanding their form and function in diverse species. I have recently been awarded an ERC Starting Grant to study how single-celled lifeforms use such appendages to control their movement through a dynamic and unpredictable environment. 

See personal webpage for more info and summary of research interests.

Follow us on twitter: @micromotility; and YouTube channel.

We are hiring! Postdocs and PhD studentships are available in my lab - informal enquiries welcome. 

Qualifications

2014: PhD, DAMTP, University of Cambridge

2010: BA+MMath, University of Cambridge

Career

2019-present: Senior Research Fellow, Living Systems Institute, University of Exeter

2017-2019: Research Fellow, Living Systems Institute, University of Exeter

2014-2017: Postdoctoral research associate (DAMTP, University of Cambridge) & Thomas Nevile Junior Research Fellow (Magdalene College).

 

Research

Publications

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Publications by category


Journal articles

Wan KY (2019). Ciliate Biology: the Graceful Hunt of a Shape-Shifting Predator. Current Biology, 29(22), R1174-R1176. Full text.
Wan KY, Jékely G (2019). On the unity and diversity of cilia. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 375(1792), 20190148-20190148. Abstract.
Wan KY, Hürlimann SK, Fenix AM, McGillivary RM, Makushok T, Burns E, Sheung JY, Marshall WF (2019). Reorganization of complex ciliary flows around regenerating. Stentor coeruleus. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 375(1792), 20190167-20190167. Full text.
Wan KY (2019). Synchrony and symmetry-breaking in active flagellar coordination. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 375(1792), 20190393-20190393. Full text.
Wan KY (2018). Coordination of eukaryotic cilia and flagella. Essays in Biochemistry, 62(6), 829-838. Abstract.  Full text.
Wan KY, Goldstein RE (2018). Time Irreversibility and Criticality in the Motility of a Flagellate Microorganism. Physical Review Letters, 121(5). Abstract.  Full text.
Wan KY, Goldstein RE (2016). Coordinated beating of algal flagella is mediated by basal coupling. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 113(20), E2784-E2793. Abstract.  Full text.
Brumley DR, Wan KY, Polin M, Goldstein RE (2014). Flagellar synchronization through direct hydrodynamic interactions. eLife, 3 Abstract.  Full text.
Wan KY, Leptos KC, Goldstein RE (2014). Lag, lock, sync, slip: the many ‘phases’ of coupled flagella. Journal of the Royal Society Interface, 11(94), 20131160-20131160. Full text.
Wan KY, Goldstein RE (2014). Rhythmicity, Recurrence, and Recovery of Flagellar Beating. Physical Review Letters, 113(23). Full text.
Leptos KC, Wan KY, Polin M, Tuval I, Pesci AI, Goldstein RE (2013). Antiphase Synchronization in a Flagellar-Dominance Mutant ofChlamydomonas. Physical Review Letters, 111(15). Full text.

Conferences

Wan KY, Goldstein RE (2017). Spontaneous and induced gait-switching in microswimmers.  Author URL.
Wan KY, Goldstein RE (2017). Spontaneous and induced gait-switching in microswimmers.  Author URL.

Publications by year


2019

Wan KY (2019). Ciliate Biology: the Graceful Hunt of a Shape-Shifting Predator. Current Biology, 29(22), R1174-R1176. Full text.
Wan KY, Jékely G (2019). On the unity and diversity of cilia. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 375(1792), 20190148-20190148. Abstract.
Wan KY, Hürlimann SK, Fenix AM, McGillivary RM, Makushok T, Burns E, Sheung JY, Marshall WF (2019). Reorganization of complex ciliary flows around regenerating. Stentor coeruleus. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 375(1792), 20190167-20190167. Full text.
Wan KY (2019). Synchrony and symmetry-breaking in active flagellar coordination. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 375(1792), 20190393-20190393. Full text.

2018

Wan KY (2018). Coordination of eukaryotic cilia and flagella. Essays in Biochemistry, 62(6), 829-838. Abstract.  Full text.
Wan KY, Goldstein RE (2018). Time Irreversibility and Criticality in the Motility of a Flagellate Microorganism. Physical Review Letters, 121(5). Abstract.  Full text.

2017

Wan KY, Goldstein RE (2017). Spontaneous and induced gait-switching in microswimmers.  Author URL.
Wan KY, Goldstein RE (2017). Spontaneous and induced gait-switching in microswimmers.  Author URL.

2016

Wan KY, Goldstein RE (2016). Coordinated beating of algal flagella is mediated by basal coupling. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 113(20), E2784-E2793. Abstract.  Full text.

2014

Brumley DR, Wan KY, Polin M, Goldstein RE (2014). Flagellar synchronization through direct hydrodynamic interactions. eLife, 3 Abstract.  Full text.
Wan KY, Leptos KC, Goldstein RE (2014). Lag, lock, sync, slip: the many ‘phases’ of coupled flagella. Journal of the Royal Society Interface, 11(94), 20131160-20131160. Full text.
Wan KY, Goldstein RE (2014). Rhythmicity, Recurrence, and Recovery of Flagellar Beating. Physical Review Letters, 113(23). Full text.

2013

Leptos KC, Wan KY, Polin M, Tuval I, Pesci AI, Goldstein RE (2013). Antiphase Synchronization in a Flagellar-Dominance Mutant ofChlamydomonas. Physical Review Letters, 111(15). Full text.

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