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Current PhD students

Ali Cigari is studying for a DPhil at Oxford with me and Helen Byrne, David Gavaghan, Joe Pitt-Francis and Eric O’Neill. Ali combines mathematical modelling with cell culture studies to elucidate Wnt pathway pathway interactions. Ali started his DPhil at Oxford in October 2014, attending a 12-month taught course at the Life Sciences Interface Doctoral Training Centre (DTC) before starting his research.

Fergus Cooper is interested in mechanocellular modelling of epithelial morphogenesis. He is studying for a DPhil at Oxford in with me and Ruth Baker, focusing on the application of the immersed boundary method to bending and invagination. Fergus started his DPhil at Oxford in October 2013, attending a 12-month taught course at the Systems Biology DTC before starting his research.

Jacob Scott, a cancer researcher and sarcoma radiation oncologist, is interested in how cancers acquire resistance to therapy. He is also studying for a DPhil at Oxford with me, Philip Maini and Sandy Anderson. This work focuses on the causes and consequences of heterogeneity in tumour growth. Jake started his DPhil in October 2011 and became a group leader at the Cleveland Clinic in August 2016.

Past postdocs

Oliver Maclaren studied crypt-villus homeostasis and regeneration in the intestinal epithelium, working with me, Helen Byrne, Philip Maini, and experimental collaborators at the Quadram Institute as part of a joint BBSRC-funded project. Oliver is now a Lecturer at the University of Auckland.

Daniele Muraro worked on the same project, following Oliver’s departure. Daniele is now a Staff Scientist at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute in Cambridge.

Past PhD students

Jochen Kursawe combined quantitative modelling analysis to understand aspects of tissue size control in developing tissues, completing his DPhil in 2017 with me and Ruth Baker. Having been awarded an EPSRC Doctoral Prize, Jochen recently secured a postdoctoral research position in Nancy Papalopulu’s lab at the University of Manchester.

Rene Niehus studied the effect of competition on bacterial toxin regulation and species evolution and ecology, completing his DPhil in 2016 with Kevin Foster and me. Rene now works as a postdoctoral research fellow in Laos.

Gabriel Rosser applied mathematical modelling and quantitative analysis to aspects of planktonic bacterial motility, completing his DPhil in 2013 with Ruth Baker and me. Gabs now works as a postdoctoral research assistant at Queen Mary University of London.

Suruchi Bakshi applied mathematical modelling to Centrosomin incorporation in Drosophila centrosomes, completing her DPhil in 2013 with Philip Maini, Ruth Baker, Eamonn Gaffney and me. Suruchi now works as a postdoctoral researcher at Leiden University.

Daniel Harvey worked on efficient approaches to simulating individual-based cell population models, completing his DPhil in 2013 with James Osborne, Joe Pitt-Francis and me. Dan now works as a software engineer for an Oxford-based quantitative fund.

Katarzyna Bloch combined mathematical modelling with experiments to study the structural and bioenergetic changes in tumour spheroids during growth, completing her DPhil in 2013 with me, Philip Maini and Cat Kelly.