Miss Sandeep Shirgill MSci

Miss Sandeep Shirgill

School of Mathematics
PhD Student

Contact details

School of Mathematics
Watson Building
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Sandeep is a multidisciplinary PhD student funded through both the Midlands Integrative Biosciences Training Partnership (MIBTP) and School of Dentistry under the supervision of maths supervisors, Dr Sara Jabbari and Mr John Ward and experimentalist supervisors, Drs Sarah Kuehne and Gowsihan Poologasundarampillai. Her current research focuses on developing a system of partial differential equations to predict how biofilm constituents behave under antimicrobial pressure.


  • MSci Theoretical Physics and Applied Mathematics, University of Birmingham, 2019

Doctoral research

PhD title
Unravelling the effect of metal ions leaching from bioactive glasses on wound associated biofilms.
Dr Sara Jabbari
Dentistry - PhD/MSc by Research


Research Themes

  • Mathematical Biology
  • Non-linear partial differential equations
  • Parameter estimation
  • Biofilms
  • Biomaterials

Research activity

The main area of Sandeep's research is developing a novel biomaterial, bioactive glass fibres, to help treat chronic wound infections. These fibres are produced and characterised in the lab and in vitro experiments are used to test their anti-biofilm and cytotoxic effects. Mathematical models consisting of non-linear partial differential equations are also developed and used to make predictions about treatment efficacy depending on key parameters of interest.