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Benjamin Simons

  • Herchel Smith Chair in Physics
  • University of Cambridge
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Research interests

ultracold atom physicstheoretical physicsstem cell biologydevelopmental biologycancer


With more than 25 years of research experience, Simons' interests have spanned a range of subject areas in the realm of theoretical condensed matter and biological physics. Following a postdoctoral fellowship at MIT, in 1994 Simons moved to a Royal Society research fellowship and proleptic appointment as a lecturer at Imperial College. In the following year, he took up a lectureship at the Cavendish Laboratory in Cambridge (and was elected to a Fellowship at St. John’s College). He was promoted to a Readership in 1999 and then to a personal chair in Theoretical Condensed Matter Physics in 2002. In 2010, he was elected to his current post as the Herchel Smith Chair in Physics. As well as his affiliation with the Department of Physics, where he heads the Theoretical Condensed Matter Physics group, he holds an Associate position at the Wellcome Trust/CRUK Gurdon Institute and is a Principle Investigator at the Wellcome Trust/MRC Cambridge Stem Cell Institute. He has held visiting positions at NEC Research Inc. in Princeton and Harvard University. Alongside his long-standing interests in condensed matter physics, his recent research activities have centred on the development and application of theoretical approaches to address the function and regulation of complex biological systems.

Co-authors (411)

  • Nicole Prior
  • Celine Labouesse
  • Steffen Rulands
  • david miguez
  • Bryan Fioret
  • Amanda Andersson Rolf

Publications (5)

  • Clonal analysis of Notch1-expressing cells reveals the existence of unipotent stem cells that retain long-term plasticity in the embryonic mammary gland

    • Lilja A
    • Rodilla V
    • Huyghe M
    • et al.
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  • Integrin α2 marks a niche of trophoblast progenitor cells in first trimester human placenta

    • Lee C
    • Turco M
    • Gardner L
    • et al.
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  • Predominant Asymmetrical Stem Cell Fate Outcome Limits the Rate of Niche Succession in Human Colonic Crypts

    • Stamp C
    • Zupanic A
    • Sachdeva A
    • et al.
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  • The developmental origin of brain tumours: A cellular and molecular framework

    • Azzarelli R
    • Simons B
    • Philpott A
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  • Universality of clone dynamics during tissue development

    • Rulands S
    • Lescroart F
    • Chabab S
    • et al.
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Professional experience

Herchel Smith Chair in Physics

University of Cambridge

September 2011 - Present

Personal Chair in the Theory of Condensed Matter

University of Cambridge

October 2002 - December 2010(8 years)

University Readership in the Theory of Condensed Matter

University of Cambridge

January 2000 - September 2002(3 years)


University of Cambridge

October 1995 - December 1999(4 years)

Proleptic appointment as Lecturer and Royal Society University Research Fellow

Imperial College London

October 1994 - September 1995(a year)

Post-doctoral Research Associate

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

January 1992 - September 1994(3 years)

Junior Research Fellow

University of Cambridge Gonville and Caius College

October 1990 - December 1991(a year)



University of Cambridge

January 1987 - January 1990(3 years)


University of Cambridge

October 1984 - July 1987(3 years)