Alice Thompson

Alice Thompson
I am a Senior Lecturer in Applied Mathematics at the University of Manchester. My main research interests are in fluid dynamics, in particular flows with strong surface-tension or free boundary effects:
  • Bubble and drop dynamics at low Reynolds number
  • Bifurcations of bubbles and drops, and how they are affected by patterning
  • Bubbles and drops in Hele-Shaw cells
  • Coalescence and pinchoff
  • Reduced-dimensional models
  • Feedback control of thin films
  • Industrial mathematics and mathematical modelling
  • Spreading dynamics and post-deposition behaviour in inkjet printing
I did my PhD at the University of Nottingham, working with Prof. John Billingham. My postdoctoral research was at the University of Manchester (2011-2014), supervised by Prof. Anne Juel and Prof. Andrew Hazel, and at Imperial College London (2014-2016) working with Prof. Demetrios Papageorgiou.
I am the principal investgiator for the EPSRC New Investigator Award on Feedback Control of Deformable Bubbles (2020-2023) . Via a combination of EPSRC funding and support from the University of Manchester, this project involves both experimental and theoretical strands, and both a PhD student (Sammy Ayoubi) and a PDRA (Joao Fontana).
I was a co-investigator (with P-I Anne Juel and Co-I Andrew Hazel) on the EPSRC grant Transition to disordered front propagation. This project has allowed me to work with three excellent PDRAs over the course of the project: Jack Keeler, Antoine Gaillard and Gregoire Lemoult.
PhD students
I co-supervised Jake Harris's PhD with Andrew Hazel. Jake wored on 3D calculations and depth-averaged modelling for single and multi-phase flow in a confined geometry. Jake graduated in 2023 and his PhD thesis is available via the University of Manchester repository.
I am also part of the supervisory team for James Shemilt, along with Oliver Jensen, Carl Whitfield and Alex Horsley. James Shemilt is a 3rd year PhD student working on airway modelling for cystic fibrosis.
Contact details
My current email address is I have also listed as contact details on previous publications.
Since 2016/17, I have taught the co-lectured courses MATH64062 and MAGIC058 (PDEs: Theory and Practice) for MSc applied mathematics students at Manchester, and for PhD students in the MAGIC network respectively. I will be reprising this course in 2019/20.
From 2018/19, I have been teaching the second half of the second-year MATH20401 (PDEs and Vector Calculus A).
In 2015/16, I taught the second half of MATH10232 (Calculus and Applications B).
I am co-organiser (with Dr Chris Johnson) of the Physical Applied Mathematics seminar series in Manchester.