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Hi and welcome!

I am a postdoc in Paris, working with Francis Corson at the Laboratoire de Physique de l’Ecole normale supérieure and Jérôme Gros at Institut Pasteur on the mechanics of self-organisation in avian embryos, as well as independently on a number of projects in biological and geophysical fluid mechanics.

Before I moved to Paris I studied for a PhD under the supervision of Eric Lauga at the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics at the University of Cambridge. The topic of my dissertation was the locomotion, navigation, and control of different biological and artificial microswimmers. Before that I studied pure and applied mathematics, with a focus on fluid dynamics and theoretical physics, also at Trinity College Cambridge.

I am interested in various areas of theoretical biophysics, different (mostly low-Reynolds number) flavours and applications of fluid dynamics, as well as soft condensed matter and geophysics. Check out my research pages for more details, and don’t hesitate to send me an email if you would discuss my work, your work, or would like to suggest a collaboration! 🙂


  • PresentSep 2021


    Institut Pasteur, Paris, France

  • PresentSep 2020


    Laboratoire de Physique de l'École normale supérieure, Paris, France

  • Sep 2016Jun 2016

    Visiting Researcher

    Biological Flow Studies Laboratory, Tohoku University, Sendai, Japan

  • Sep 2015Jun 2015

    Summer Research Intern

    Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences, St George's, Bermuda

Education & Training

Academic Service

It has been my pleasure to referee my colleagues’ work for the following journals:

  • Nature Communications
  • Physical Review Letters
  • Physical Review Fluids
  • Physical Review E
  • Meccanica
  • European Biophysics Journal


Institut Pasteur

25-28 Rue du Docteur Roux

75015 Paris


Email: alexander.chamolly (at)

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Page last updated on Monday 18th April 2022.