Rachel Nicks graduated with a first class MMath in Mathematics from the University of Warwick in 2006. She went on to complete her PhD thesis “Bifurcations with spherical symmetry” at the University of Nottingham under the supervision of Dr Paul Matthews and Dr Stephen Cox, graduating in 2010.
From December 2009 to the end of 2012 she was employed as a research fellow in the School of Mathematical Sciences at the University of Nottingham. She worked on the EPSRC funded project “Modelling continuous and discrete defective crystals” in collaboration with Dr Gareth Parry.
Rachel joined the School of Mathematics at Birmingham as a Lecturer in January 2013. She is now investigating new techniques for studying the dynamics of networks of nonlinear oscillators, in particular, neural networks.