Ben Simons is the Herchel Smith Chair in Physics at the Cavendish Laboratory, in the University of Cambridge. He is the current head of the Theory of Condensed Matter (TCM) physics group, and is affiliated to the Wellcome Trust/Cancer Research UK Gurdon Institute and the Wellcome Trust - Medical Research Council Cambridge Stem Cell Institute. He is also a fellow of St. John's College, Cambridge.
The research interests of the group are divided between the theoretical quantum and classical condensed matter physics and the field of stem and developmental cell biology. In the field of condensed matter theory, the group has made contributions to studies of quantum phase coherence effects in mesoscopic devices, localization phenomena, superconductivity, and collective phenomena in correlated metals, semiconductors and matter-light systems. More recently, the interests of the group have focused on the many-body physics of ultracold atom gases and the study of quantum systems driven far from equilibrium.
In collaboration with Alexander Altland, he is the author of a graduate textbook on field theory methods in quantum and classical condensed matter systems.
In the field of stem and developmental cell biology, the group has made use of long-term lineage tracing methods using hereditary labelling of tissues to study the factors that regulate the balance between cell proliferation and differentiation in adult and developing tissues. Through the quantitative analysis of clonal fate data, these studies have emphasized the importance of stochasticity in the regulation of cell fate choice. Alongside numerous collaborative projects with partner laboratories in the UK and overseas, the group is beginning to develop an experimental programme of research with partner laboratories in Cambridge supported by the Wellcome Trust.
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As a member of the Theory of Condensed Matter group, our research has been continuously funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) through Programme grants (and related) and, most recently, via a Critical Mass Grant. Research in the field of cell biology has been supported through the EPSRC, the Medical Research Council and, most recently, the Wellcome Trust in the form of a Senior Investigator Award.
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