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Dr Hermes Gadelha

Dr Hermes Gadelha

Dr Hermes Gadelha
BSc, MSc, DPhil

Senior Lecturer in Mathematical and Data Modelling

Area of research

"Entangling mathematics and experimentation to disentangle nature"

Office 2.39b
Merchant Venturers Building,
Woodland Road, Clifton BS8 1UB
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+44 (0) 117 331 5093


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Our research focuses on novel questions and unexplained phenomena in a broad range of physical systems found in nature. We are inspired by engineering and mathematical problems found in biology, and the arts. This includes areas such as small-scale fluid mechanics, solid mechanics and elasticity, biological soft-matter, transport phenomena and diffusion, pattern formation and self-organization, and biomimetic devices.

We use a combination of analytical derivations, numerical computations and empirical investigations in areas ranging from animal and human fertilization, swimming of microorganisms, especially human spermatozoa and bacterial swimming, cancer mechanics, molecular-motor dynamics, fluid-structure interactions of intelligent structures, plus synthetic bio-inspired propellers and swimmers.

Other areas include automatic bio-imaging processing and mathematical data analysis, and unorthodox problems in arts and humanities. Interdisciplinarity is thus at the heart of our poly-disciplinary research, and group members will work within a worldwide network which spans an umbrella of universities and industrial partners across 12 countries, from oil and food industry, to fertility clinics and livestock companies.

Our group members also work together towards our public engagement activities in schools, museums and in the media (BBC, Science, The Discovery Channel, The New Scientist and TV interviews) and schools.


Brazilian-born Dr Hermes Gadelha is a poly-disciplinary mathematician working at the fertile union of mathematical logic, physics, engineering and medicine. He employs creative mathematics not only to nature, but also the industry and the arts, focusing on novel questions and unexplained phenomena in a broad range of physical systems


  • (small-scale) Classical and Biological Fluid Mechanics
  • Mathematical Mechanical Biology
  • Solid Mechanics and Elasticity
  • Active Soft-Matter
  • Pattern Formation and Self-Organisation
  • Transport Phenomena
  • Mathematical Biology
  • Soft-robots and Intelligent Materials

Recent publications

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