Rhoda J. Hawkins

Dr Rhoda Hawkins is a lecturer in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Sheffield, and a visiting lecturer at the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences. Her research involves using theoretical physics approaches to shed light on problems in biology, including how the cytoskeleton determines cell movement and deformation. She obtained her undergraduate masters degree in physics (2002) at University of Oxford and her PhD (2005) in the department of physics and astronomy at the University of Leeds under the supervision of Prof Tom McLeish. She did postdoctoral research jobs at the FOM Institute for Atomic and Molecular Physics in Amsterdam, Institut Curie and University of Pierre and Marie Curie in Paris and the University of Bristol before moving to Sheffield to take up her lectureship there in 2011. Rhoda has been involved with Christians in Science since her student days and is currently serving on the national committee for the second time. She has given numerous science-faith talks to a variety of audiences. This year she was awarded the Oliver Barclay lecture prize for her science-faith communication.