Dr. Benjamin A. Dalton
Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics (MPI-CBG)
Phone: +49 351 210-2520
Benjamin A. Dalton is a joint ELBE Postdoctoral Fellow of the MOSAIC Group and the Brugues Lab since July 2015. He is an Australian citizen and was born in Melbourne, Australia, in 1983.
Ben completed a bachelors degree in physics at RMIT University in Melbourne in 2009 and then an honors degree in applied physics in 2010. He began his PhD at RMIT in 2011 working with Prof. Peter Daivis of RMIT and Prof. Billy Todd of Swinburne University of Technology. His PhD thesis, titled “the effects of density inhomogeneity and non-locality on nanofluidic flow”, was completed in 2014. The thesis described the use of a combination of theory and molecular dynamics computer simulation to investigate the strong-coupling relationship between density perturbations and shear flow in simple fluids at the molecular length scale. During this time Ben also completed a bachelors degree in mathematics at RMIT, which he undertook part time. From 2014 to 2015 Ben worked at Swinburne University as a postdoctoral research fellow in the group of Prof. Richard Sadus, working on molecular dynamics calculations of the thermodynamic properties of water phase coexistence, and water and sodium chloride mixtures.
Ben joined the Brugues Lab and the MOSAIC Group at MPI-CBG as an ELBE Postdoctoral Fellow, working in simulation models and experiments of mesoscopic cell biomechanics, in particular the cytoskeletal cortex and the spindle. His main research interests are in the theory and simulation of nonlinear and nonequilibrium systems, especially applied to biology. He is also interested in nonequilibrium statistical mechanics, dynamic systems theory, and in understanding the complex dynamics of living systems.