Dr Rhoda Hawkins

Rhoda HawkinsLecturer in Soft Matter Theory

Contact details

  • Room: E43
  • Phone: +44 (0)114 22 24524
  • Fax: +44 (0)114 22 23555

email: rhoda.hawkins@sheffield.ac.uk

Personal web page

Research interests

  • Biological physics
  • Soft matter physics
  • Active matter


  • PHY221
  • PHY420
  • Second year tutorials

Departmental administration

  • International student tutor
  • Member of the Equality and Diversity group

University administration

  • Member of the faculty researcher development group
  • Member of the University strategic development group

Professional activities

  • Member of the Institute of Physics Biological Physics Group Committee

Recent key publications

  • "Active polar fluid flow in finite droplets" Carl A. Whitfield, Davide Marenduzzo, Raphael Voituriez and Rhoda J. Hawkins European Physical Journal E 37, 8 (2014)
  • "Evidence of a large-scale mechanosensing mechanism for cellular adaptation to substrate stiffness" Lea Trichet, Jimmy Le Digabel, Rhoda J. Hawkins, Sri Ram Krishna Vedula, Mukund Gupta, Claire Ribrault, Pascal Hersen, Raphael Voituriez and Benoit Ladoux PNAS 109(18), 6933-6938 (2012)
  • "Spontaneous contractility-mediated cortical flow generates cell migration in 3-dimensional environments" R.J. Hawkins, R. Poincloux, O. Benichou, M. Piel, P. Chavrier and R. Voituriez. Biophysical Journal, 101, 1041 (2011)
  • "Survival of the aligned: ordering of the plant cortical microtubule array" S.H. Tindemans, R.J. Hawkins, and B.M. Mulder Physical Review Letters, 104,058103 (2010)
  • "Pushing off the Walls: A Mechanism of Cell Motility in Confinement" R.J. Hawkins, M. Piel, G. Faure-Andre, A.M. Lennon-Dumenil, J.F. Joanny, J. Prost and R. Voituriez Physical Review Letters, 102, 058103 (2009)