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 Samuel Johnson


Complex systems, nonequilibrium physics, networks, ecology, neuroscience


Dr Thomas Montenegro-Johnson

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.


Professor Dave Smith (Head of Applied Mathematics)

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..


Dr Fabian Spill


Fabian's research is centred on various aspects of Mathematical Biology. From the mathematical side he is mainly interested in applications of stochastic models and various differential equations, from ODE's to coupled bulk-surface reaction-diffusion systems. From the application side, he is interested in cancer biology, mechanobiology, and the dynamic interplay of cells and their microenvironment.


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:

Collaborations further afield include:

  • Centre for Plant Integrative Biology, Nottingham
  • School of Medicine and Centre for Biomolecular Sciences
  • Nottingham Centre for Mathematical Biology
  • Oxford Department of Computing Science
  • Groningen, Netherlands School of Mathematical Sciences
  • Adelaide National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis
  • Tennessee Universidade NOVA de Lisboa, Portugal Proctor and Gamble UK Fluids Network Multiscale Biology Network

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