Mathematical biology 

Mathematical Biology research in Birmingham is strongly integrated with experimental research, medicine and healthcare.

The research interests of the members of the group are given below.

For more information see the Mathematical Biology Birmingham page.

Dr Rosemary Dyson

Senior Lecturer in Applied Mathematics and Deputy Head of School (Equality and Diversity)

Mathematical modelling; biomechanics; thin liquid films; fibre-reinforced fluids. 


Dr Meurig Gallagher

Research Fellow

Image analysis of human sperm motility. Biological fluid dynamics. Asymptotic and numerical methods to investigate problems in fluid mechanics. Mathematical modelling of fluid structure interaction. Numerical modelling of stability of Non-Newtonian fluids. 


Dr Sara Jabbari

Birmingham Fellow

Mathematical modelling, particularly applied to biological systems, e.g. gene regulation networks; the use of asymptotic methods to analyse and simplify mathematical models.


Dr Thomas Montenegro-Johnson

1851 Research Fellow 

Mathematical and computational tools to understand microscopic biological flows and biomedical microrobots.

Dr Paul Roberts

Research Fellow

Mathematical modelling of bacterial adhesion inhibition.


Dr David Smith

Senior Lecturer in Applied Mathematics and Head of Group

Microscale biological fluid dynamics, especially in fertility, health and disease, examples including sperm motiliy, cilia driven flow, mucus layers in lungs and digestive tract, and the fluid mechanics of biopolymers. Computational methods for modelling very viscous flows, especially boundary integral methods. Applications of mathematics and computational analysis in medicine and biology, including `steroidobolomics', digestion, the immune system and biodiversity..


Mr Craig Holloway

Teaching Fellow in Mathematical Biology

Craig’s research is centred on suspensions of rod-like particles; his main focus is understanding how the presence of articles effects the dynamics of the flow.


Local active research collaborations include:

  • University of Birmingham Systems Science for Health initiative
  • University of Birmingham Centre for Computational Biology
  • Centre for Human Reproductive Science at Birmingham Women’s Hospital
  • Endocrinology, Reproductive Biology, Immunology and Cancer Sciences in the College of Medicine
  • University of Birmingham Institute of Microbiology and Infection
  • Linear Diagnostics Ltd

Collaborations further afield include:

  • Centre for Plant Integrative Biology, Nottingham
  • Centre for Mathematical Biology, Oxford
  • School of Chemistry, Warwick
  • School of Computer Science, Groningen, Netherlands
  • Centre for Biomolecular Sciences, Nottingham
  • National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis, Tennessee

The main focus of mathematical biology research in Birmingham is multiscale modelling of a variety of biological and medical systems, areas of interest including, but not limited to:

  • Mechanical effects in plant growth
  • Fluid dynamics of sperm motility, and symmetry breaking in embryonic development
  • Models of cancer and inflammation
  • The role of mechanical anisotropy in tissue formation
  • Bacterial gene regulation and its role in disease
  • Antibiotic resistance and novel drug development
  • Mathematical modelling in endocrinology and adrenal disease
  • Industrial and biomedical applications of transversely isotropic fluids