Mathematical Biology is one of the most exciting and fastest-growing areas of mathematics. Advances in technology have dramatically increased the amount of quantitative data that is available across many areas of biology, leading to an urgent need for mathematical and statistical models to help analyze, interpret and explain those data. Research in Mathematical Biology at the University of Queensland focuses particularly on several particularly exciting areas:

- The mathematics of conservation. We use modeling and optimisation methods from maths and economics to solve conservation problems.  Much of this research is profiled in www.aeda.edu.au/news.

- Mathematical neuroscience. We build mathematical models of how biological nervous systems become wired up during development, and how genetic and environmental factors constrain and guide this process. For more details see http://www.qbi.uq.edu.au/professor-geoffrey-goodhill

- Mathematical modelling. We develop, analyse and calibrate models for a wide variety of biological phenomena, including growth, movement, interaction and clustering, persistence and extinction, population explosion and catastrophe, inheritance, mutation and infection. For more details see http://www.maths.uq.edu.au/~pkp

Available Projects

This project is in collaboration with the experimental group of A. Yap (UQ). We are interested in understanding how the signaling cascade starting from cortical Anillin and Rho proteins affects cortical contractility in eptihelial cell monolayers. To this end we want to simulate a "pseudo-...

Dr Dietmar Oelz

Note:  While this project is hosted by another UQ unit at Herston (not SMP), students studying Maths/Physics are encouraged to apply.

Suitable for:  Students with a background in mathematics, physics, electrical engineering and...

Ms Janet Seddon

Note:  While this project is hosted by another UQ unit at Herston (not SMP), students studying Maths/Physics are encouraged to apply.

Suitable for:  Students with a background in Applied Mathematics, Physics, and Electrical...

Ms Janet Seddon

Suitable for:  Second or third year students, who must have programming skills and knowledge of systems of differential equations.

Project:  We will investigate how different types of node interconnectivity patterns affect simulated EEG patterns...

Ms Janet Seddon

Suitable for:  A strong mathematical background and good programming skills are essential.  Prior knowledge of neuroscience is not required.

Project:  With developments in super-resolution microscope technology, it is now possible to image...

Ms Janet Seddon

Suitable for:  A strong mathematical background and good programming skills are essential.  Prior knowledge of neuroscience is not required.

Project:  In the lab we are imaging the activity of many neurons in the zebrafish brain...

Ms Janet Seddon

Suitable forStudents with interests in mathematical biology, modelling and numerical simulation.  Students with a variety of backgrounds are welcome.

Project description:  In biological cells cargo is transported by molecular motor...

Dr Dietmar Oelz

The research project will develop a biologically realistic mathematical model and computer simulations of the growth of glioblastoma brain...

Dr Zoltan Neufeld

Recent empirical studies have shown that trait variation among individuals in a population can have a significant impact on population dynamics. Given the considerable resources devoted to managing populations in Australia, it is vital individual variation be understood. We will use the tools of...

Professor Phil Pollett

This project will investigate the role of mechanical interactions between cells in determining the structure,  morphology of different types of biological tissues. The project will use mathematical models, based on partial differential equations and/or stochastic models of interacting...

Dr Zoltan Neufeld

The aim of this project is to understand the hierarchy and relative contributions of different stem cell populations to epidermal homeostasis and develop a comprehensive computational model that accurately describes the hierarchy and spatial/temporal organization of tissue self-renewal. This...

Dr Zoltan Neufeld

Projects are available in the mathematical/computational modelling of brain development and function. Areas of particular interest are the development of connections between neurons by ...

Professor Geoff Goodhill