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.


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.

1st February 2017: The 2017 Birmingham Fellows scheme is now open for recruitment. Strong candidates in any area of Mathematical Biology are encouraged to apply. These are permanent positions with reduced teaching load during the first 5 years. Closing date 31st March. Please get in touch (contact details below) if you are interested in applying.

1st February 2017: Research Fellow position associated with the project Rapid Sperm Capture available, closing 19th February.

1st February 2017: The closing date for the Lectureship in Industrial Mathematical Biology has been extended to 7th February.

15th December 2016: The 2016 Multi-Scale Biology Study Group is now over; thanks to all problem presenters, participants, and MSB-Net/POEMS for making it such a productive and enjoyable week! Some meeting photos are available here, project reports will follow in early 2017.

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Principal investigators

  Dr Rosemary Dyson (Senior Lecturer, Deputy Head of School for Equality and Diversity)
  Dr Sara Jabbari (Birmingham Fellow)
  Dr Tom Montenegro-Johnson (1851 Research Fellow, starting August 2016)
  Dr Dave Smith (Senior Lecturer, Head of Applied Mathematics Group)

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
Tom Montenegro-Johnson
Dave Smith


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



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.