Izaak Neri PhD.


My two main topics of research are:


Spectra of infinitely large graphs and its applications: Neural networks and social networks are two examples of large complex systems defined on directed graphs. It is interesting to understand how their network structure relates to their dynamical properties, for example, how brain architecture relates to the observed dynamical responses. To this aim, I study the eigenvalues and eigenvectors of large, random, directed graphs and use their properties to characterise the dynamics of complex systems defined on large directed graphs.


Stochastic thermodynamics: The aim is to extend the law of thermodynamics, which apply to large systems in equilibrium, to small systems that are driven away far from thermal equilibrium. In particular, I am interested in characterising thermodynamics constraints for observables in mesoscopic processes that are driven away far from thermal equilibrium. Understanding thermodyanmic constraints is important to characteris the effficiency of biological processes.


Sep 2018 - now


Department of Mathematics, King’s College London

Postdoctoral Experience

Sep 2016 - Aug 2018

Postdoctoral Contract

Max Planck Institute for the Physics of Complex Systems (Dresden) Biological Physics Group of Prof. Dr. Frank Jülicher

Sep 2013 – Sep 2016

ELBE PostDoctoral Fellowship

Max Planck Institute for the Physics of Complex Systems
Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics
Joint postdoc in the groups of Prof. Dr. Frank Jülicher and Prof. Dr. Marino Zerial

Sep 2010 – Sep 2013

Postdoctoral contract on an ANR project

University of Montpellier, Laboratoire Charles Coulomb (L2C)

Dr. Norbert Kern and Prof. Dr. Andrea Parmeggiani


June 2020

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Recognition of attainment against the UK
Professional Standards Framework for teaching and learning support in higher education

Fev 2006- Jun 2010

PhD. in Physics

KU Leuven, Institute for Theoretical Physics
Prof. Dr. Désiré Bollé
Thesis: Statistical Mechanics of Spin Models on Graphs

Jul 2005

Master of Science (Physics)

Ghent University

Prof. Dr. Jan Ryckebusch

Thesis: High Tc Superconductivity and the Hubbard Model