Mathematical Biology seminars
 weekly talks on biology inspired mathematics
General information:
Seminars are on Tuesdays at 2pm in room 5323 of the James Clerk Maxwell Building and are jointly organized by Tibor Antal (Maths), Linus Schumacher (Medicine), Michael Nicholson (IGC), Ramon Grima (SynthSys), Helen Alexander (Evolution), and Aidan Brown (Physics). Everybody is welcome to attend.
To be placed on the seminar announcement list, email sympa@mlist.is.ed.ac.uk with subject: sub mathbiol or use subject: unsub mathbiol to be removed from the list.
Coming events in 2024:
 Coming soon....
Past events in 2024:

23 January Michael Nicholson, Institute of Genetics and Cancer, UoE, Quantifying the stochastic dynamics of transcriptioncoupled DNA repair

30 January Mariia Dvoriashyna, School of Mathematics, UoE, Fluid and solute transport across ocular epithelia

6 February Aidan Brown, School of Physics, UoE, Buckling instabilities in chaining bacterial colonies

20 February Linus Schumacher, Centre for Regenerative Medicine, UoE, Stochastic processes and inverse problems in stem cell and tissue dynamics

27 February Philip Greulich, Applied Mathematics, University Southampton, Universal laws in stem cell biology from graph theory and population dynamics

5 March Derek Setter, Institute of Evolutionary Biology, UoE, Breakups and Hookups: a Markov model for karyotype evolution

12 March Anastasia Ignatieva, School of Mathematics and Statistics, University of Glasgow, Signals of structural variation in reconstructed genealogies

19 March Giulio Caravagna, Cancer Data Science Laboratory, University of Trieste, Timing the origin of immuneescape from leukaemia after bone marrow transplant

26 March William Duncan Martinson, University of Oxford Mathematical Institute, Multiscale modelling of collective behaviour: insights, challenges, and future perspectives

16 April Ruben PerezCarrasco, Department of Life Sciences, Imperial College London, Unlocking the dynamics of gene regulatory networks: Beyond the steadystate paradigm

MONDAY 4pm, 22 April Weini Huang, Queen Mary University London, Mutation accumulation in cell populations

30 April Tim Rogers, Department of Mathematical Sciences, University of Bath, Overturning consensus in animals and humans
Past events in 2019:

19 March, Lyuba Chumakova, School of Mathematics, UoE, Why are we not falling apart?

2 Apr, Linus Schumacher, MRC Centre for Regenerative Medicine, UoE, Collective behaviour at intermediate scales: aggregation and swarming of the roundworm C. elegans

23 April, Joachim Krug, Institute for Biological Physics, University of Cologne, Recombination promotes mutational robustness on neutral fitness landscapes
 30 April, Matthew Hartfield, Institute of Evolutionary Biology, UoE, Adaptation and Self–Fertilisation
 7 May, Alex Fletcher, School of Mathematics and Statistics, University of Sheffield, Modelling epithelial tissue patterning and morphogenesis
 8 Oct, Alexander R.A. Anderson, Integrated Mathematical Oncology Department, Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute, Tampa, FL, USA, Exploiting evolution to design better cancer therapies

26 Nov, Daniele Avitabile; Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, This is not a bump

3 Dec, Jochen Kursawe, School of Mathematics and Statistics, University of St Andrews, Quantitative modelling of embryonic development

10 Dec, Amaury Lambert, Stochastics & Biology Group, Laboratoire de Probabilités, Statistique & Modélisation, Sorbonne Université, The splitanddrift random graph, a null model for speciation
Past events in 2018:
 16 Jan, Shiladitya Banerjee, Department of Physics and Astronomy, University College London, Adaptive size regulation and division control in bacterial cells
 20 Feb, Caroline Kosiol, School of Biology, University of St Andrews, Estimating the evolutionary history of populations using boundary mutation models
 20 March, Ben MacArthur, Mathematical Sciences, University of Southampton, Stochastic models of stem cells
 27 March, Kit Yates, Department for Mathematical Sciences, University of Bath, Hybrid frameworks for modelling reactiondiffusion processes
 1 May, Maria Rita D'Orsogna, Math Department, California State University, Northridge, USA, Swarms in two and three dimensions: patterns, stability and collapse
 8 May, Carsten Marr, Institute of Computational Biology, Helmholtz Zentrum München, Quantifying cellular dynamics of stem cell decisions
 22 May, Jerome Kelleher, Wellcome Trust Centre for Human Genetics, University of Oxford
 2 Oct, PakWing Fok, Department of Mathematical Sciences, University of Delaware, Inference of Rates in a BirthDeath Process from Conditional Extinction Times

9 Oct, Carina Dunlop, Department of Mathematics, University of Surrey, Mechanical models for cell and tissue mechanotransduction

16 Oct, Simon Pearce, University of Manchester, How to curl a microtubule

30 Oct, Kevin Leder, Industrial and Systems Engineering, University of MinnesotaTwin Cities, A spatial model of cancer initiation

13 Nov, Jamie Blundell, Department of Oncology University of Cambridge, Hematopoietic Stem Cell Parameters and Clonal Dynamics Revealed by Applying Branching Process Models to Clonal Hematopoiesis Datasets

20 Nov, George Constable, Mathematical Sciences Department, University of Bath, Why do most isogamous species have so few mating types, yet some have so many?

27 Nov, Jasmine Foo, School of Mathematics, University of MinnesotaTwin Cities, Memory in trait macroevolution

4 Dec, Helen Alexander, Department of Zoology, University of Oxford, Modelling mutations in bacteria: causes and consequences of phenotypic delay

11 Dec, David Head, School of Computing, University of Leeds, Agentbased modelling of the dental plaque biofilm
Past events in 2017:
 24 Jan, Chris Josephides, UoE, Predicting adaptive evolution in an ecoevolutionary model from graphtheoretic properties of mutational paths
 7 Feb, Victoria Todd and Ian Todd, Directors of Ocean Science Consulting; Maximilian Ruffert, Scool of Mathematics, UoE; Clare Owen, Research Analyst at OSC, Passive Acoustic Monitoring of Porpoises in the North Sea
 21 Feb, Alessandro Moura, Institute of Medical Sciences, University of Aberdeen, Why are replication origins located where they are?
 28 Feb, Rhoda J Hawkins, Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Sheffield, Active matter droplets & applications to cell movement & deformation
 7 March, Ben Goddard, School of Mathematics, UoE, Dynamic Density Functional Theory: A Tool For Mathematical Biology?
 21 March, Marco Archetti, School of Biological Sciences, University of East Anglia, Game theory of cancer
 28 March, Andy Hoyle, Faculty of Natural Sciences, University of Stirling, Optimising antibiotic dosage regimens to treat bacterial infections
 4 April, Trevor Graham, Barts Cancer Institute, Quantification of subclone fitness advantages in human cancers
 16 May, Benedict Leimkuhler, School of Mathematics, UoE, Adaptive Brownian Dynamics
 22 May, Alison Hill & Jeff Gerold, Program for Evolutionary Dynamics, Harvard University, Stochastic dynamics of latent HIV: barrier or path to a cure?
 Sept 12, Ivana Bozic, Department of Applied Mathematics, University of Washington, Stochastic evolutionary modeling of cancer development and resistance to treatment
 Oct 17, Edward Cao, SynthSys, UoE, Linear Mapping Approximation of Nonlinear Gene Regulatory Networks
 Oct 24, Rebecca Hoyle, Mathematical Sciences, University of Southhampton, Maternal effects and environmental change

Oct 31, (joint SoM Colloquium) Simon Tavare, Cancer Research UK Cambridge Institute, The unreasonable effectiveness of the Ewens Sampling Formula

Nov 7, Finn Lindgren, Shool of Mathematics, UoE, Stochastic spacetime models, nontrivial observation mechanisms, and practical inference

Nov 14, Daren Wilkinson, School of Mathematics & Statistics, Newcastle University, Multiscale modelling of open engineered biological systems

Nov 28, Ruth Baker, Mathematical Institute, University of Oxford, Collective cell invasion: mathematical models and biological insights
Past events in 2016:
 12 Jan, Guido Sanguinetti, Informatics, UoE Cox process representation and inference for stochastic reactiondiffusion processes
 26 Jan, Stephen Cornell, Institute of Integrative Biology, University of Liverpool Stochastic models in community ecology
 9 Feb, Gavin Gibson, School of Mathematical & Computer Sciences, HeriotWatt University, Latent processes and functional models for partially observed epidemics
 16 Feb, Stefan Grosskinsky, Mathematics Institute, University of Warwick, Effect of nonMarkovian dynamics on pattern formation and transport
 23 Feb, Andy White, School of Mathematical & Computer Sciences, HeriotWatt University, Mathematical Modelling Tools for Red Squirrel Conservation
 8 March, Paul Jenkins, Dept of Statistics, University of Warwick, Exact simulation of the WrightFisher diffusion
 22 March, Nick Savill, Institute of Immunology and Infection Research, UoE, Chronobiology of malaria
 29 March, Andrew Goryachev, SyntSys, UoE, Activatorinhibitor patterns on the scale of biological cells
 3 May, Teuta Pilizota, Centre for Synthetic and Systems Biology, UoE, Achieving directional swimming by manipulating the diffusion constant
 10 May, Kevin Burrage, University of Oxford and Queensland University of Technology, Australia, Coping with variability and heterogeneity when modelling the electrophysiology of the heart
 24 May, Benjamin Allen, Mathematics, Emmanuel College, Boston, Neutral drift and weak selection on graphs
 4 Oct, Kostas Zygalakis, School of Mathematics, UoE, Hybrid modelling of stochastic chemical kinetics
 11 Oct, Andrea Sottoriva, Evolutionary Genomics and Modelling, The Institute of Cancer Research, London, Making sense of cancer genomic data in the light of tumour evolution: measuring clonal dynamics in individual patients from nextgeneration sequencing
 18 Oct, Frits Veerman, School of Mathematics, UoE, Rapid evolution in plankton populations: a slowfast model
 25 Oct, Tim Rogers, Department of Mathematical Sciences, University of Bath, Strength in numbers: how demographic noise can reverse the direction of selection
 1 Nov, Alexander Morozov, School of Physics, UoE, Swimming of microorganisms in viscoelastic fluids
 15 Nov, Christina Cobbold, School of Mathematics and Statistics, University of Glasgow, From maladaptivity to adaptivity the evolution of developmental timing
 22 Nov, Juan Bonachela, Mathematics and Statistics, University of Strathclyde, Largescale emergent patterns in semiarid ecosystems
 29 Nov, Juraj SzavitsNossan, School of Physics, UoE, Predicting mRNA translation rates from coding DNA sequences
 9 Dec, Joachim Krug, Institute for Theoretical Physics, University of Cologne, Genotypes, phenotypes and Fisher's geometric model
Past events in 2015:
 20 Jan, Magnus Richardson, Systems Biology Centre, Warwick University Neurons, synapses and neuromodulators
 27 Jan, Fordyce A Davidson, Division of Mathematics, University of Dundee Applications of differential equations to spatiotemporal organisation in (micro)biology
 3 Feb, Nick Hill, School of Mathematics & Statistics, University of Glasgow Modelling the Human Circulation
 10 Feb, (also Maxwell Colloquium) Philip K Maini, Mathematical Institute, Oxford University Case Studies in Modelling Collective Cell Motion
 17 Feb, Ivana Gudelj, Biosciences, University of Exeter The role of tradeoffs in the evolution of diversity and host specialisation
 24 Feb, Jarrod Hadfield, Institute of Evolutionary Biology, UoE The Spatial Scale of Local Adaptation
 26 Feb, (joint Applied Maths Seminar) David Kessler, Department of Physics, BarIlan University, Israel Large population solution of the stochastic Luria–Delbrück evolution model
 3 March, (Joint Probability Seminar) Helen Byrne, Mathematical Institute, Oxford University Oxygen: A Careful Balancing Act
 10 March, Jozsef Z Farkas, Computing Science and Mathematics, University of Stirling Structured models for disease dynamics
 24 March, Kevin J Painter, Department of Mathematics, Heriot Watt University A user's guide to modelling chemotaxis
 31 March, Andrea Weisse, SyntSys, UoE A mechanistic model of a cell to link cellular tradeoffs, gene expression, and growth
 3 Nov, Mariya Ptashnyk, Department of Mathematics, University of Dundee Gene Regulatory Network and Functional Analysis: Mathematical modelling and analysis of signalling processes in cells and tissues.
 17 Nov, Gabriel Lord, School of Mathematical & Computer Sciences, HeriotWatt University A numerical method for stochastic travelling waves in neural tissue
 24 Nov, Florian Markowetz, University of Cambridge, CRUK Cambridge Institute Inferring cancer evolution
 1 Dec, Axel Rossberg, School of Biological and Chemical Sciences, Queen Mary University of London Structural instability as the key to community ecology
Past events in 2014:
 18 Feb, Bartek Waclaw, School of Physics, UoE Mathematical problems in the physics of growing bacterial populations
 25 Feb, Michael Cates, School of Physics, UoE Phase separation in selfpropelled organisms
 4 March, Matteo Cavaliere, Synthsys, UoE The Rise and Fall of Cooperative Communities
 11 March, Nikola Popovic, School of Maths, UoE A geometric analysis of fastslow models for stochastic gene expression
 18 March, Raluca Eftimie, Department of Mathematics, University of Dundee Mathematical mechanisms behind pattern formation in biological aggregations with nonlocal interactions
 25 March, Karen M Page, Department of Mathematics, UCL Mathematical modelling of vertebrate neural tube patterning
 1 April, Margaritis Voliotis, School of Mathematics, University of Bristol Information transfer by leaky, heterogeneous, protein kinase signaling systems
 8 April, Charles Cockell, Astrobiology and Geobiology, UoE Life in Extremes
 15 April, Konrad Lohse, Institute of Evolutionary Biology, UoE Calculating likelihoods under the coalescent
 22 April, Reidun Twarock, Department of Mathematics, University of York Viruses and geometry – a new perspective on virus assembly and antiviral therapy
 29 April, Alan McKane, School of Physics and Astronomy, The University of Manchester Fastmode elimination in stochastic metapopulation models
 6 May, Martin Howard, Dept of Systems Biology, John Innes Centre How cells get to be the right size and put things at the right place inside them
 13 May, Orkun Soyer, Life Sciences, University of Warwick Evolution as the designer in biology: From cellular networks to microbial communities
 20 May, William Sloan, School of Engineering, University of Glasgow Modelling interactions between hydrodynamics and dispersalthat help shape biofilm community composition across a range of scales
 27 May, Vincent Danos, CNRS and Synthsys, UoE Formal mean field theories for graph rewriting
 26 June, Roderick C. Dewar, Research School of Biology, The Australian National University The statistical mechanics of savannas
 25 August, Stan Leibler, The Rockefeller University On ethology and ecology of simple microbial systems
 7 Oct, Davide Marenduzzo, School of Physics, UoE Modelling proteindriven DNA organisation, and chromatin selfassembly
 14 Oct, Robert Beardmore, Biosciences, University of Exeter Observations of a Mathematician in an Evolutionary Microbiology LabTesting Theories of Biodiversity & AntibioticResistance Adaptation
 21 Oct, Kavita Jain, Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research, Bangalore, India Rise and fall of asexual mutators in adapted populations
 18 Nov, (joint Probability Seminar) Damian Clancy, Mathematical and Computer Sciences, Heriot Watt University The effects of population heterogeneities on spread of infection
 25 Nov, Eva Deinum, Institute of Evolutionary Biology, UoE Understanding the paradoxical effects of microtubule severing on the self organization of the plant cortical array
 2 Dec, Stefano Zapperi, CNRIENI, Milano, Italy Mechanical stresses in tumor growth
Past events in 2013:
 5 Feb, Brian Charlesworth, Institute of Evolutionary Biology, UoE Natural Selection and the Genome
 12 Feb, Rosalind Allen, School of Physics, UoE Making models for microbial ecosystems
 19 Feb, Peter Swain, SynthSys, School of Biological Sciences, UoE Identifying sources of variation in biochemical networks
 26 Feb, Jonathan Sherratt, Department of Mathematics, HeriottWatt How Does Seasonal Forcing Affect Vole Population Cycles?
 12 March, Sam Brown, Institute of Evolutionary Biology, UoE Molecular, ecological and evolutionary dynamics of bacterial communication
 19 March, Martin Evans, School of Physics, UoE Models of Switching in Biophysical Contexts
 26 March, Peter Keller, School of Mathematics, UoE Time Symmetries in biological models  a Markov Chain approach
 7 May, Satya Majumdar, Laboratoire de Physique Théorique et Modèles Statistiques, Université de ParisSud Random Convex Hulls: Applications to Ecology and Animal Epidemics
 14 May, Glenn Marion, Biomathematics & Statistics Scotland Understanding impacts of animal behaviour in wildlifedisease systems
 21 May, Mark Chaplain, Division of Mathematics, University of Dundee Mathematical modelling of intracellular negative feedback systems
 28 May, Timothy Newman, Cell and Developmental Biology, University of Dundee Approaching biology discretely
 17 Sept, Joachim Krug, Physics Department, University of Cologne, Germany, Fitness landscapes and the predictability of evolution
 24 Sept, Nick Barton, Institute of Science and Technology, Austria, What limits a species' range?
 1 Oct, Radek Erban, Mathematical Institute, Oxford University Mathematical Methods for Multiscale Modelling in Molecular, Cell and Population Biology
 8 Oct, Celso Grebogi, Institute of Pure and Applied Mathematics, University of Aberdeen Evolutionary game theory and the emergence of spatiotemporal order in ecological systems
 22 Oct, Ramon Grima, SynthSys, School of Biological Sciences, UoE Inferring enzyme kinetic parameters from noisy time series data
 29 Oct, Nacho Molina, SynthSys, School of Biological Sciences, UoE Modelbased Bayesian analysis of time series: stochastic gene expression as a case study
 19 Nov, (joint Probability Seminar) Alison M Etheridge, Dept Statistics, Oxford University Modelling evolution in a spatial continuum
 26 Nov, Tom Leinster, School of Maths, UoE Measuring diversity: the importance of species similarity
 3 Dec, M Carmen Romano, ICSMB, University of Aberdeen Modelling of ribosome recycling in S. Cerevisiae
 10 Dec, Richard Blythe, School of Physics, UoE Evolution of communication by natural selection
Previous organizers: Rosalind Allen (Physics).