Professor Peter Olmsted

Professor Peter Olmsted has expertise in theory and simulation.

His research focuses on the areas of phospholipid membranes and lipid rafts and the physics of complex fluids in shear flow (such as the flow of concentrated protein solutions during processing).

He collaborates with Professor Radford and Dr Brockwell on the theory of the effects of mechanical force on protein stability, developing new understandings of how the protein free energy landscape is deformed by force.

Using molecular dynamics simulations he has also shown how dynamics and the topology of folded proteins control the nature of mechanical resistance.

He has worked with industrial and academic partners on the morphology of the lipid membranes in skin, and has studied the static and dynamics of phase separation and domain (‘raft’) formation in lipid bilayer membranes.