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Helen Byrne (University of Oxford)

Helen Byrne Helen Byrne is a Professor of Mathematical Biology at the Mathematical Institute, Oxford University. After graduating in mathematics from the University of Cambridge, she received her PhD from Oxford University. She undertook postdoctoral research in Oxford and Bath before taking up a lectureship in applied mathematics in Manchester in 1996. She moved to Nottingham in 1998 where she was the founding Director of the Centre for Mathematical Medicine and Biology. She was awarded a five-year Advanced Fellowship from the UK’s Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council in 2000 and promoted to Professor in 2003. She returned to Oxford in 2011 where she is now a member of the Wolfson Centre for Mathematical Biology. She has played a significant role in defining the foundations for mathematical modelling in oncology, publishing pioneering work on the development of multiscale and multiphase models of avascular and vascular tumour growth and angiogenesis. She has also played a leading role in developing mathematical models of wound healing and multiscale models of normal and aberrant intestinal crypts.

Caroline Colijn (Simon Fraser University)

Caroline Colijn Caroline Colijn works at the interface of mathematics, evolution, infection and public health. She joined SFU's Mathematics Department in 2018 as a Canada 150 Research Chair in Mathematics for Infection, Evolution and Public Health. She did her PhD in applied mathematics at the University of Waterloo, where she studied the foundations of quantum mechanics. She changed tack in her postdoctoral years, working on mathematical modelling with Prof. Michael Mackey at McGill and on TB modelling and epidemiology at the Harvard School of Public Health. She moved to Bristol, England in 2007 and joined Imperial College London's Department of Mathematics in 2011. She has broad interests in applications of mathematics to questions in evolution and public health, and was a founding member of Imperial's Centre for the Mathematics of Precision Healthcare. 

Morgan Craig (Université de Montréal)

Morgan CraigMorgan Craig is currently an Assistant Professor at the Département de mathématiques et de statistique (DMS) and an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Physiology at McGill University. Prior to my present position, she was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Harvard University's Program for Evolutionary Dynamics after having obtained her Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical Sciences from the Université de Montréal in 2016 and an M.Sc. in Applied Mathematics from the University of Manitoba. She works in quantitative medicine: to personalize and optimize treatment strategies, her research aims to significantly improve patient outcomes by studying (patho)physiology and therapy modalities in a multi-scale, quantitative manner. Her current projects include various studies of hematopoiesis in health and disease, understanding the impacts of tumour heterogeneity in the context of traditional chemotherapy and modern immunotherapy to individualize treatments, modelling the disposition of antiretroviral drugs within the body after the administration of proposed sustained-release drug delivery systems to improve anti-HIV therapy design and HIV cure strategies, and uncovering the causal interaction networks within the immune system using network inference methodologies to identify novel drug targets in rare hematologic disorders.

Kim M.D. Cuddington (University of Waterloo)

Kim M.D. CuddingtonKim Cuddington is a theoretical ecologist with interests in invasive species, ecosystem engineering and temporal environmental variation. She completed her PhD with Peter Yodzis at University of Guelph, and did postdocs with Peter Turchin and Alan Hastings. She is an associate professor at the University of Waterloo.

Jin-Zhi Lei (Tsinghua University)

Jin-Zhi Lei Jinzhi Lei received his B.S. in Applied Mathematics at Beihang University in 1995, and his Ph.D. in Analytical Mechanism at Beihang University in 2001. From 2001 to 2003, he took up a postdoc in Department of Mathematics at Tsinghua University. In the year 2004-2005, he took a postdoc in the Center for Mathematical and Computational Biology at University of California, Irvine. He is currently a professor of Zhou Pei-Yuan Center for Applied Mathematics and MOE Key Laboratory of Bioinformatic at Tsinghua University. His research focuses on 1) investigating the mechanisms of dynamical blood diseases; 2) development and application of computational model to the study of cancer development; 3) studies of the mathematical models of stem cell regeneration with application to tissue development; 4) big data analysis associated with cancer development.

  

Noaki Masuda (University of Bristol)

Noaki MasudaNaoki Masuda received his PhD in 2002 from the University of Tokyo. He worked as Lecturer and then Associate Professor at the University of Tokyo between 2006 and 2014. He moved to the Department of Engineering Mathematics at the University of Bristol, UK, as Senior Lecturer, in March 2014. He is also visiting professor at Dalian University of Technology, China, between 2018 and 2021. His research interests include dynamics of and on networks including biological applications, network analysis in general, and evolutionary game theory.

Nick Monk (University of Sheffield)

Nick Monk Nick Monk is a theoretical biologist interested in the use of mathematical modelling to understand the basic mechanisms of developmental pattern formation. Towards this end, he has worked on a wide range of organisms from the animal and plant kingdoms. He has a particular interest in communicating and teaching the principles of modelling in biology to a wide range of audiences. Having developed an interest in process philosophy when working in quantum theory as a PhD student, his long-term aim is to explore its implications for biology.

Arthur Sherman (NIH)

Arthur ShermanArthur Sherman was trained as an applied mathematician with interests in scientific computing and mathematical biology at New York University, where he received his Ph. D. under Charles Peskin under Charles Peskin.  In 1986, he joined the Mathematical Research Branch (MRB), NIDDK, as a post-doctoral fellow with John Rinzel.  His work centered on modeling the calcium and electrical activity that underlie pulsatile insulin secretion from pancreatic beta cells, with parallel work on electrical activity in neurons and pituitary cells and on neurotransmitter release.  He was promoted to tenure track in 1989 and was tenured in 1996.  In 2005 he became chief of the MRB, which was renamed the Laboratory of Biological Modeling (LBM).  In 2011, Dr. Sherman was appointed to the Senior Biomedical Research Service, the upper echelon of biomedical researchers working for the US federal government.  In 2018, he was named a Fellow of the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics.  Today LBM hosts four principal investigators whose work covers a range of focus areas related to diabetes, including obesity and metabolism, as well as other efforts that can be broadly characterized as systems biology.  Dr. Sherman's work on the normal functioning of beta cells has turned more recently toward modeling the role of beta-cell failure combined with insulin resistance in the pathogenesis of type 2 diabetes.

Moritz Thon (Technische Universität München)

Moritz ThonMoritz Thon obtained a Master of Science in Mathematics at the Technical University of Munich from Oktober 2008 until March 2013. He then studied his PhD in Mechanical Engineering at the Technical University of Munich from July 2013 until Oktober 2018, followed by a research stay at the University of Sydney from September 2016 until November 2016. In 2019, Moritz received a Master of Science in Management at the Technical University of Munich. Currently, he is working at MTU Aero Engines AG in the R&D department.

Lindi M. Wahl (University of Western Ontario)

Lindi M. WahlLindi Wahl is a professor of Applied Mathematics at Western University, where she attempts to focus the efforts of a lively and unruly research group into using mathematical models to study microbial evolution. She has served as the director of the Applied Math graduate program, a Canada Research Chair and a Western Teaching Fellow. Dr. Wahl will be enjoying a sabbatical year starting July 1, 2019, and is looking forward to both travel and research.