Allan is a native Kiwi and did his PhD in rheo-optical studies of worm-like micelles with Prof Sir Paul Callaghan down at Victoria University of Wellington. He has recently returned to NZ after a postdoctoral postion at the prestigous ESPCI in Paris and has wide-ranging interests in experimental soft matter physics. After moving back to NZ to work on a Royal Society of New Zealand funded Marsden Proposal with Dr Andrew Sutherland-Smith,”Stretching protein springs: How do cells respond to force?”, using microrheological measurements to probe the physics of the cytoskeleton he stayed at Massey to continue working as a Research Officer in the group and with Professor Simon Hall, particularly on using optical tweezers to measure interactions between colloidal particles. He has worked on a variety of exciting projects, latterly examining start-up electroosmosis with OT, and remains our single-molecule stretching guru. He also possesses one of the coolest shirt collections this side of Saville Row.