Dr David Head

Dr David Head


Proceeding from a degree in mathematics and a PhD in statistical physics, I spent a nomadic ten years researching in physics laboratories in a range of global institutions before coming to School of Computing in the University of Leeds in 2011, where I am now undertaking research and lecturing duties.


  • UG final year project co-ordinator

Research interests

My broad research interests are in developing models for complex physical and biological systems, and where necessary, implementing efficient numerical solvers making optimal use of current and future computing architectures. Current interests include fibre networks (i.e. modelling the mechanical properties of disordered, percolating networks of fibrous materials, such as the cellular cytoskeleton, peptide gels and collagen scaffolds), and biofilms, where (in collaboration with the School of Dentistry) I am developing an in silico model for dental plaque to accelerate the translation of novel clinical products to the marketplace. Please see my web page for further details (although note it may not be up to date).

<h4>Research projects</h4> <p>Any research projects I'm currently working on will be listed below. Our list of all <a href="https://eps.leeds.ac.uk/dir/research-projects">research projects</a> allows you to view and search the full list of projects in the faculty.</p>


  • MA Hons
  • Part III Mathematics
  • PhD

Student education

I devise and deliver undergraduate courses covering high performance (eg. parallel) and general computing, and supervise PhD students.

Research groups and institutes

  • Computing in Biology, Medicine and Health
  • Computational Science and Engineering
  • Centre for Computational Engineering
<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="https://phd.leeds.ac.uk">research opportunities</a> allow you to search for projects and scholarships.</p>
    <li><a href="//phd.leeds.ac.uk/project/1151-modelling-cross-linked-fibre-networks-in-flow">Modelling cross-linked fibre networks in flow</a></li> <li><a href="//phd.leeds.ac.uk/project/309-modelling-hydrogels-and-fractal-materials">Modelling hydrogels and fractal materials</a></li>