Mathematical Biology and Medicine

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Forthcoming programs, conferences and workshops

  • Probability in the North-East
    University of Leeds, Thursday 27th April 2017

    Attendance is free but registration is required for organisational purposes, by e-mailing Martín López-García ( or Tiziano De Angelis ( before Wednesday 19th April 2017, also mentioning any special dietary requirements you may have.

    • 10.00 - 10.30 Welcome and Coffee
    • 10.30 - 11.20 Corina Constantinescu (University of Liverpool)
      Ruin probabilities in insurance models
    • 11.20 - 12.10 Ronnie Loeffen (University of Manchester)
      Spectral representations for affine processes
    • 12.10 - 13.10 Lunch
    • 13.10 - 14.00 Vicky Henderson (University of Warwick)
      Probability weighting, stop-loss and the disposition effect
    • 14.00 - 14.50 Adrian Pratt (Public Health England)
      Back-calculation techniques and other models to inform mitigation strategies of non-transmissible acute infections
    • 14.50 - 15.20 Coffee Break
    • 15.20 - 16.10 Theodore Kypraios (University of Nottingham)
      Recent developments in Bayesian non-parametric inference for epidemic models
    • 16.10 - 17.00 Antonio Gómez-Corral (Complutense University of Madrid, Spain)
      On perturbation analysis of quasi-birth-death processes with applications to multi-type epidemic models

  • Modeling Viral Infections and Immunity
    1-4 May in Estes Park CO.
  • Viral Dynamics: Past, Present and Future 5-7 May in Santa Fe, NM
  • Theoretical and Experimental Immunology hosted by Microsoft Research Cambridge, 8-9 Jun 2017. Venue: next to Cambridge train station.
  • Biostatistics and machine learning methods in omics research The 34th Leeds Annual Statistical Research Workshop, joint with the EU MIMOmics network Monday 26 - Wednesday 28 June 2017.
  • Climate Fluctuations and Non-equilibrium Statistical Mechanics: An Interdisciplinary Dialogue
    10 July to 4 August at the MPIPKS in Dresden, Germany.

Current visitors

  • Mario Castro works on mathematical models of systems where fluctuations are relevant (cellular and receptor immunology) and on pattern formation in spatially extended systems (from tumor cell modeling to cauliflower morphogenesis or nano-structuring). The figure shows comparisons of different mathematical models with real experiments.
  • Madhulika Mishra (IISc Bangalore)
  • Narmada Sambaturu (IISc Bangalore)
  • Sathya Baarathi (IISc Bangalore)
  • Shamik Majumdar (IISc Bangalore)

Applications for research leading to a PhD are welcome. Please apply here, naming a potential project and supervisor. Sample projects are as follows:
  • Analysis of high-throughput genomic data applied to diseases such as cancer
    Arief Gusnanto, Charles Taylor, Jeanine Houwing-Duistermaat
    Statistical modelling of copy number alteration in cancer: using statistical methodology to discover patterns within the genomic copy number alteration profiles in cancer patients and how the pattern can be utilised for improved prediction of cancer survival and patients' clinical characteristics.
    Genetic association in complex diseases and cancer: a collaboration with research groups in the School of Medicine to perform fine mapping around a previously identified location to identify genetic variants that are associated with cancer.
  • Mathematical immunology
    Grant Lythe and Carmen Molina-París
    Development of stochastic mathematical and computational models of the immune system in health and disease, of intra-cellular signalling to understand cell fate, and development of diffusive motion models of cell-cell interactions and receptor-ligand interactions.
  • Modelling biodiversity and ecosystems
    Sandro Azaele
    In this project you will be developing mathematical and computational tools for modeling spatial and temporal patterns in ecosystems, understanding their principal drivers across different scales, at population and community level. This will also help developing methodologies for upscaling biodiversity information from fine-scale sampling.
  • Modelling evolution on molecular and macroscopic scales
    Mauro Mobilia
    Inspired by recent results in biology, and also in behavioural sciences, we will combine notions of non-linear dynamics and evolutionary game together with the theory of stochastic processes and numerical simulations to investigate how noise and mobility influences the formation of coherent patterns.
  • Modelling of biomolecules
    Oliver Harlen and Daniel Read, in collaboration with the Astbury Centre
    Simulating the motions of large biomolecules such molecular motors and also soft colloidal particles, entities that are large enough to be beyond the scope of atomistic simulations (that model the motion of individual atoms), but small enough to be affected by thermal fluctuations (Brownian motion).

Recent programs, conferences and workshops

  • 13.30 -- 14.20 Carmen Molina-París (University of Leeds)
    Stochastic modelling of T cell receptor clonotype competition
  • 14.20 -- 15.10 Malwina Luczak (Queen Mary, University of London)
    SIR epidemics on random graphs with a given degree sequence
  • 15.30 -- 16.20 Anton Camacho (London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine)
    The impact of dynamical modelling on public-health decisions made during the 2013-2015 Ebola outbreak
  • 16.20 -- 17.10 Alexandre Veretennikov (University of Leeds)
    On convergence in Erlang-Sevastyanov queueing systems and in reliability theory
  • Numerical Modeling in Evolutionary Problems: perspectives and applications Salerno, 26-27 Nov 2015
  • Workshop on Physics of Living Systems San Servolo island, Venice, Italy. 16-19 September, 2015
  • Stochastic Single-Cell Dynamics in Immunology Amsterdam, 17-19 June 2015
  • British Society for Immunology: Mathematical Modelling Microsoft Research Cambridge. 4-5 Jun 2015
  • Mathematics for health and disease ICMS Edinburgh. 13-17 Apr 2015
  • LIVING -- Robusteness, adaptability and critical transition in living systems
    Satellite conference at the annual European Conference on Complex Systems (ECCS14)
  • BSI Mathematical Modelling, Microsoft Research Cambridge, 19-20 May 2014.
  • Novel Applications of Statistical Mechanics Boston, 10-11 may 2014
  • Dynamics of Active Matter Imperial College London, Wednesday 7th May .
  • Quantitative immunology Les Houches, France. 9-14 Mar 2014
  • Systems Approaches in Immunology Santa Fe, USA. 10-11 Jan 2014
  • Mathematical modelling affinity group session at the BSI congress 2013
  • Modelling the Complexity of the Immune System Barcelona, 16-20 September 2013.
  • Stochastic, statistical and computational approaches to Immunology
    International Centre for Mathematical Sciences, Edinburgh. 22-26 July 2013
  • Complexity Systems Dynamics Leeds, 5 June 2013.
  • Mathematical and computational modelling in immunology
    Cambridge, 8-9 May 2013.
  • Simulation Models of Infectious Disease Transmission and Control Processes
    Antwerp, 17-18 April.
  • BAMC 2013
  • Systems biology of T cells Baeza, Spain. 21-24 Oct 2012
  • Multiscale physics of lymphocyte development
    Max Planck Institute for the Physics of Complex Systems,
    Dresden, Germany. 5-31 Aug 2012
  • New Statistics and Modern Natural Sciences Leeds, 3-5 Jul 2012
  • Theoretical and experimental immunology 25-26 Jun 2012 poster
  • Synchronisation in Complex Systems 11 May, London.
  • Computational Immunology
    WEHI Melbourne, 11-13 Apr 2012
  • Evolution and diversity in complex systems Leeds, 2 Mar 2012.
  • Theoretical and Experimental Immunology IISc Bangalore, 16 August 2011  Abstracts
  • Theoretical immunology network meeting on 16 May 2011 at the University of Leeds
  • Imaging, Interpretation and Modeling in Modern Immunology Banff, 10-15 April 2011
  • Physics of Immunity: Complexity Approach 4-8 April 2011, Max-Planck-Institut Dresden
  • Experimental and theoretical immunology on 18 March 2011 at the University of Leeds
  • Experimental and theoretical immunology in the real world at the University of Leeds 10 January 2011.
  • Yorkshire Immunology Group "Pattern recognition receptors in the immune system" 24 November 2010, Leeds Institute of Molecular Medicine, University of Leeds
  • Movement in Models of Mathematical Biology 15 November 2010, University of Warwick
  • Stochastic dynamics and applications Monday 18 October 2010, University of Leeds
  • Immunology, Imaging and Modelling Network Summer School at the University of Leeds 13-17 September 2010.
  • High-throughput Sequencing, Proteins and Statistics (29th Leeds Annual Statistical Research Workshop) 6th-8th July 2010