Mathematical Biology

University of Birmingham

Back row (left to right): Paul Roberts, Dave Smith, Rosemary Dyson, Tom Montenegro-Johnson, George Youlden, Gemma Cupples, Will Thomson.
Front row (left to right): Clare Ziegler, Sara Jabbari, Meurig Gallagher, James Tyrrell, 'The Doctor' Craig Holloway.
First group photo! by Kris Kuzniar, May 2016.


7th August 2017: New arxiv submission: Linear Rayleigh-Bénard stability of a transversely-isotropic fluid (C. Holloway et al.).

4th August 2017: New arxiv submissions: Model-based image analysis of a tethered Brownian fibre for shear stress sensing (Meurig Gallagher et al.) and Influences of transversely-isotropic rheology and translational diffusion on the stability of active suspensions (C. Holloway et al.).

1st August 2017: Welcome to our new colleague, Dr Samuel Johnson! The group now has 6 permanent staff.

26th July 2017: Welcome to our new colleague, Dr Fabian Spill!

25th May 2017: We will be organising the second Multi-Scale Biology Study Group in Birmingham 12th-15th December 2017. More details to follow.

16th May 2017: Further congratulations to Gemma Cupples on winning EPS College Paper of the Month for Viscous propulsion in active transversely isotropic media in the Journal of Fluid Mechanics.

2nd May 2017: New arxiv submission: A nearest-neighbour discretisation of the regularized stokeslet boundary integral equation by Dave Smith, with code at github.

2nd May 2017: Dave Smith is now Professor of Applied Mathematics.

2nd May 2017: (Belated) Double congratulations to Gemma Cupples for (1) securing a Research Fellow position in the group, starting 2018, and (2) publishing her excellent article Viscous propulsion in active transversely isotropic media in the Journal of Fluid Mechanics.

21st April 2017: Tom Montenegro-Johnson's recent paper on the dynamics of an autophoretic torus has been highlighted in Nature Physics.

28th March 2017: The inaugural meeting of the UK Fluids Network Special Interest Group in Biologically Active Fluids, which will be dedicated to the late Professor John Blake, will be held on 12th July 2017, with an early-career workshop on 11th July. Registration is now open, further details available here.

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Principal investigators

  Dr Rosemary Dyson (Senior Lecturer, Deputy Head of School for Equality and Diversity)
  Dr Sara Jabbari (Senior Lecturer)
  Dr Tom Montenegro-Johnson (Lecturer)
  Professor Dave Smith (Head of Applied Mathematics Group)
  Dr Fabian Spill (Lecturer)
  Dr Samuel Johnson (Lecturer)

Research and Teaching fellows

Dr Meurig Gallagher (funded by EPSRC Healthcare Technologies Award to DJS)
Dr Craig Holloway
Dr Paul Roberts (funded by BBSRC New Investigator Grant to SJ)

PhD students

Gemma Cupples (2014-18, BBSRC Industrial CASE Award, working with DJS and RJD)
Chloe Spalding (2014-17, EPSRC Doctoral Training Award, working with SJ)
James Tyrrell (2015-18, EPSRC Doctoral Training Award, working with RJD and DJS)
Will Thomson (2015-18, EPSRC Doctoral Training Award, working with SJ and DJS)
Matt Hopwood (2016-19, EPSRC Doctoral Training Award joint with Univerity of Adelaide, working with RJD and Dr Ed Green)
George Youlden (2016-19, EPSRC Doctoral Training Award joint with University of Nottingham, working with SJ and Prof. John King)
Clare Ziegler (2016-19, Birmingham Institute of Forestry Research, working with Dr Iain Johnston, School of Biosciences and RJD)


Rosemary Dyson
Meurig Gallagher
Sara Jabbari
Samuel Johnson
Tom Montenegro-Johnson
Dave Smith
Fabian Spill


twitter: Rosemary J Dyson, Meurig Gallagher
www: Dave Smith, Meurig T Gallagher, Tom Montenegro-Johnson
UoB site: Mathematical Biology

Current and Recent Funding


Healthcare Technologies Challenge Award to DJS
First Grant to RJD
Doctoral Training Award to UoB


New Investigator Grant to SJ
iCASE Award to DJS and RJD

Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851

Research Fellowship to TDMJ
(Group members also have co-investigator roles on grants from BBSRC, MRC).


For research-related queries, PI email addresses are:

If you are interested in postdoctoral positions at the University of Birmingham, please visit the University jobs site (positions are not directly available from PIs).

We are also keen to support applications for externally-funded fellowships (EPSRC, Marie-Curie, Newton etc.) by highly-qualified candidates who would like to join our group.

If you are interested in PhD study, please visit our findaphd page to view projects and apply via the online system. Please note that funding is generally only available to UK/EU nationals.