Mathematical Biology and Healthcare

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Mathematical Biology and Healthcare 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 Hong Duong


Hong Duong is a Lecturer in Mathematical/Statistics. His research interests lie in the intersections of analysis and applied probability. Most of his research are inspired from applications in molecular dynamics, material sciences and biological systems.

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Dr Rosemary Dyson

Reader in Applied Mathematics

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

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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. 

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Dr Sara Jabbari

Senior Lecturer

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

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Professor John Terry

Interdisciplinary Professorial Fellow

Professor John Terry is Interdisciplinary Professorial Fellow: a post he holds jointly across Mathematics, Computer Science and the Institute for Metabolism and Systems Research. John’s research transcends traditional discipline boundaries speaking to mathematics, computer science, physics, biology, biomedical and clinical sciences.

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Dr Samuel Johnson


Complex systems, nonequilibrium physics, networks, ecology, neuroscience

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Dr Galane Luo

Research Fellow

Mathematical plant science, complex systems, condensed matter, polaron theory and theoretical biophysics.

Dr Thomas Montenegro-Johnson

Senior Lecturer

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

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Dr Panayiota Touloupou


Panayiota’s research is concerned with mathematical modelling of infectious diseases and the development of novel statistical methods needed for model fitting and model selection.

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Professor Dave Smith

Professor of Applied Mathematics

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..

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Dr Eder Zavala

MRC Research Fellow

Dr Eder Zavala is an MRC Skills Development Fellow jointly appointed across Mathematics, Computer Science, and the Institute of Metabolism and Systems Research. His work focuses on interdisciplinary research spanning mathematics, physics, computer science, biology, biomedical and clinical sciences.

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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.

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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