After attending a state grammar school in London, I studied Natural Sciences at Cambridge University. After a year out doing voluntary work in Coventry, I returned to Cambridge to do a PhD in Theoretical Chemistry. Then, after two years as a post-doctoral researcher in Amsterdam, I again returned to Cambridge as a research fellow. In 2006, I was appointed to a lectureship in theoretical chemistry at Oxford and a Fellowship at Queen’s.


I tutor the chemists at Queen’s in all aspects of physical chemistry. Currently, I also lecture as part of the first-year Mathematics for Chemistry course, and on statistical mechanics and biophysical chemistry.


In my research I use computer simulation techniques to model soft condensed matter and biophysical systems. Currently, one particular focus is DNA nanotechnology, in which DNA is used as a self-assembling material to make nanoscale structures and devices.

You can find more details and a complete list of publications here.


  • M. N. van der Linden, J.P.K. Doye and A.A. Louis, Formation of dodecagonal quasicrystals in two-dimensional systems of patchy particles, J. Chem. Phys. 136, 054904 (2012)
  • T.E. Ouldridge, A.A. Louis and J.P.K. Doye, DNA nanotweezers studied with a coarse-grained model of DNA, Phys. Rev. Lett. 104, 178101 (2010)
  • I.G. Johnston, A.A. Louis and J.P.K. Doye, Modelling the self-assembly of virus capsids, J. Phys.: Condens. Matter 22, 104101 (2010)
  • G. Villar, A.W. Wilber, A.J. Williamson, P. Thiara, J.P.K. Doye, A.A. Louis, M.N. Jochum, A.C.F. Lewis and E.D. Levy, The self-assembly and evolution of homomeric protein complexes, Phys. Rev. Lett. 102, 118106 (2009)