Wakil Sarfaraz completed a BSc in Mathematics at the University of Sussex in 2013 and was subsequently admitted for a masters program in Mathematical Modelling and Scientific Computing (MSc. MMSC.) at the University of Oxford, which was completed in 2014. His interest in Mathematical Modelling and Computational Biology originates from his time at the University of Oxford, where he took most of the optional modules and case studies on topics concerning Mathematical Biology and Computational Simulations. Wakil returned to the University of Sussex in 2014 after the completion of his MSc, in order to read for a PhD in Mathematical Modelling and Computational Biology.
In spite of evidence for exceptional performance, during the course of PhD at Sussex, Wakil also participated in peer-reviewing manuscripts for various journals alongside his PhD supervisor Professor Anotida Madzvamuse. It was therefore, that the Director for Research and Knowledge Exchange at Sussex hired Wakil upon the submission of his PhD thesis (during and after viva preparation) on a research impact project that was funded by Higher Education Innovation Fund (HEIF). This temporary appointment was a grade-7 position before the award of PhD and was mainly to prepare a detailed technical documentation for a python based open-source software, which was developed at Sussex. The technical documentation serves as a specialised user-guide for scientists to benefit from the software in interdisciplinary research based on experimental data and modelling approaches.
Alongside his formal research and taught courses of education, Wakil has consistently undertaken teaching responsibilities at Sussex University in various modules at BSc and MSc levels in Mathematics. Wakil also served as a private Mathematics and Physics tutor for students taking GCSE and A-Level exams through various national and international exam boards such as OCR, Edexel and etc. Wakil has privately trained numerous candidates for Oxbridge undergraduate entrance exams in the subjects of Physics and Mathematics.
Wakil’s interest in research extends to exploring the synaptic signalling of neurons through simulating mathematical models and parameter estimation through the application of full Bayesian inferential statistics. In particular the synaptic signalling induced by the release of a neurotransmitter called serotonin. Research in this direction naturally entails in-depth understanding of the relevant laws and equations of biochemistry, which is also an area of his interest for further research.
Outside academia, Wakil served from 2014 to 2016 as the secretary of Brighton and Hove Afghan Community (BHAC) in the city of Brighton. He stepped down as a secretary in 2016 and assumed the chair of elected president within the same organisation. Wakil maintains a YouTube channel providing help on high school level Mathematics for communities that are deprived from access to formal institute-based education.
Immediately upon the completion of PhD from Sussex, Wakil started a full-time Research Fellow (Modeller) position in 2018 at the Institute of Cancer and Genomic Sciences and Centre for Computational Biology at the University of Birmingham.