Dr Rhoda Hawkins is a lecturer in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Sheffield, and a visiting lecturer at the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences. Her research involves using theoretical physics approaches to shed light on problems in biology, including cell movement and polarisation, the cytoskeleton, and protein allostery. She completed a degree in physics at University of Oxford, and a PhD in the Polymers And Complex Fluids group at the University of Leeds. Her postdoctoral research was at the FOM Institute for Atomic and Molecular Physics, Amsterdam, the Curie Institute and University of Pierre and Marie Curie, Paris, and the University of Bristol, and she has been a visiting researcher and lecturer at African Institute for Mathematical Sciences in Cape Town. Rhoda is a keen fell runner, on the Christians in Science committee and a member of St Timothy’s church, Sheffield.