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Winton Programme for the Physics of Sustainability

Department of Physics

Studying at Cambridge


Nora Martin

Nora Martin

Winton Scholar

Supervisor: Dr Sebastian Ahnert

Theory of Condensed Matter Group


2017 MPhys in Physics, University of Oxford
As an undergraduate in Physics at the University of Oxford, I became fascinated with applying mathematical and computational methods to biology. For my MPhys project I used the genotype-phenotype map from RNA sequence to secondary structure to study the causes and effects of bursts in the production of new phenotypes. During my time as an undergraduate, I gained insights into experimental work in atomic physics at the University of Stuttgart, data analysis in astronomy as a Hoffleit Scholar at Yale University, and computational work in biological physics in a summer project at Oxford. Outside of research and academics, I taught lessons about environmental issues at a school in Oxford and organised weekly physics talks and classes as president of the Oxford University Physics Society.

Research Interests

I apply methods from theoretical physics and mathematics to biology. I am interested in genotype-phenotype maps as these allow us to unite variation and selection in one model and thus gain a better understanding of evolution. Currently, my focus is on describing the genotype-phenotype map of protein tertiary structure.