Professor Netta Cohen

Professor Netta Cohen


  • Lead, Computing in Biology, Medicine and Health theme
  • School Equality and Inclusion champion
  • Executive team member, Robotics@Leeds

Research interests

Complex systems, computational neuroscience, neural control of behaviour, biological physics and biomechanics, biorobotics and bio-inspired control (with applications to infrastructure robotics), C. elegans neurobiology, neural circuits and behaviour.

Recent Grants:
- WHole Animal Modelling (WHAM): Toward the integrated understanding of sensory motor control in C. elegans, Funding: EPSRC, Role: EPSRC Leadership Fellowship (PI)

- National Facility for Innovative Robotic Systems, Funding: EPSRC, Role: Co-I

- Microswimmers: Analysing the motion of biological swimmers (with David Hogg and Thomas Ranner; Funding: EP/S01540X/1):

Current funded projects:

- Pipebots: Pervasive Sensing for Buried Pipes (Co-I Programme Grant; Funding:  EP/S016813/1):

- Self Repairing Cities: Balancing the impact of city infrastructure engineering on natural systems using robots: (Co-I Grand Challenge project; Funding: EP/N010523/1): 

- New AD model (co-I, with Patricija van-Oosten Hawle; Funding: NC3R):

- Towards the formulation of a general theory of root gravitropism Towards the formulation of a general theory of root gravitropism (co-I with Stefan Kepinski, Funding: Leverhulme Trust)


Research groups and institutes

  • Applied Computing in Biology, Medicine and Health
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Computational Science and Engineering
  • Robotics

Current postgraduate researchers

<h4>Postgraduate research opportunities</h4> <p>We welcome enquiries from motivated and qualified applicants from all around the world who are interested in PhD study. Our <a href="">research opportunities</a> allow you to search for projects and scholarships.</p>
    <li><a href="//">3D microscopy of swimming worms</a></li> <li><a href="//,-using-c.-elegans-as-a-model-system.">How protective signals from the gut modify neuronal activity and behaviour, using C. elegans as a model system.</a></li> <li><a href="//">Modelling dynamics of swimming in 3D</a></li> <li><a href="//">Modelling the neural control of locomotion</a></li>