Dr Luo submitted his PhD thesis, “Polaron Dynamics in the Alpha Helix: Models of Electron Transport in Hydrogen-Bonded Polypeptides”, in September 2018, having begun his doctoral research in January 2015. During his time at Durham University as a PhD student, he trained for and attained the status of Fellow of The Higher Education Academy.
Dr Luo’s current research theme is understanding the microscale cellular mechanics which drives macroscale plant growth. This involves Lockhart-type mechanical modelling of the cell wall.
The impact component of Dr Luo’s work currently takes the form of an outreach project developing virtual reality visualisations of plant growth models. This project is funded by the University’s Alumni Impact Fund.