Dave Smith is Professor of Applied Mathematics and School Director of Research.
He is author or co-author of approximately 50 research papers in scientific journals, including in the Internationally-leading publications Annual Review of Fluid Mechanics, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Journal of Fluid Mechanics, and Proceedings of the Royal Society of London A. Research software developed by his team can be found here: https://github.com/djsmithbham. He has received funding for his research from EPSRC, BBSRC, MRC, STFC and Wellcome Trust. From October 2018, Dave will be a Turing Fellow with the Alan Turing Institute.
Dave’s main research areas are sperm motility biofluiddynamics, working alongside Centre for Human Reproductive Science, Birmingham Women’s Hospital (Science Lead Dr Jackson Kirkman-Brown) with team members Dr Meurig Gallagher and Dr Gemma Cupples, and modelling the synthetic biology nanofiber M13 bacteriophage, working with Dr Rosemary Dyson, Dr Kenton Arkill (Nottingham), Prof Tim Dafforn and Dr Matt Hicks (Linear Diagnostics Ltd). Wider collaboration related to these projects includes Dr Hermes Gadelha (York) and Prof Eamonn Gaffney (Oxford).
Another central area of interest is the related problem of how cilia shape the development of the growing embryo. Dave collaborates with Dr Susana Lopes (Lisbon, Portugal), Dr Tom Montenegro-Johnson (Cambridge) and Dr Kathy Hentges (Manchester) on imaging cilia motility and fluid mechanics in early embryo development.
As a keen multidisciplinary collaborator, Dave is an affiliate to the Institute for Metabolism and Systems Research and Centre for Computational Biology, working with scientists and medics ranging from cancer diagnosis to plastic surgery and endocrinology. Collaborative work includes modelling T cell reconstitution following stem cell transplant (with Prof Paul Moss’s group), modelling antibiotic resistance (with Dr Sara Jabbari), and adrenal steroid metabolism (with Prof Wiebke Arlt’s group, Prof Peter Tino and Dr Kerstin Bunte). A key feature of all of the above projects is the integration of mathematical modelling with complex experimental data.
Dave is an enthusiastic communicator of applied mathematics and biological modelling, and provides talks to young people on this subject, including recent school and college visits, and organises IMA West Midlands Branch talks at the University of Birmingham.
He has lectured a range of undergraduate material, from 1st year Probability and Combinatorics to masters-level Numerical Methods in Linear Algebra, Viscous Flow and Computational Methods.
School server web page: web.mat.bham.ac.uk/D.Smith