Mathematical and Computational Biology
We are a research group at the University of New South Wales (UNSW), in Sydney, Australia. We use mathematical, computational and statistical methods to understand biological systems — in particular, evolutionary processes and population dynamics. Our research interests include modelling the evolution of microorganisms, drawing model-based inferences from molecular epidemiological data, and cultural transmission of behavioural traits that influence health and disease. Recently, we have been studying the dynamics of antimicrobial drug resistance, the rate of molecular evolution in viruses, and niche construction by microorganisms. We have also been analysing genetic data from Mycobacterium tuberculosis and Salmonella isolates. Our research is supported by the Australian Research Council and the National Health and Medical Research Council.
A PhD scholarship is available to join our group. Contact Mark if you are interested in postgraduate studies at UNSW (do so well before the deadline of 12 May 2017).
- Feb 2017:
Gonzalo Peralta has joined the group as a PhD student, jointly supervised by Matt Baker, Single Molecule Science UNSW.
Eden Zhang has joined the group as a PhD student, jointly supervised by Belinda Ferrari, BABS UNSW.
- Dec 2016:
NHMRC Project Grant 2017-2019 Optimising temporal genomic surveillance of Salmonella infections in Australia, awarded to R. Lan, V. Sintchenko, M. Tanaka, S. Octavia.
NHMRC Project Grant 2017-2019 Assessing acellular pertussis vaccine effectiveness: integrating transmission models, genetics and cohort data to inform policy, awarded to J. Wood, M. Tanaka, R. Lan, P. McIntyre, H. Gidding, P. Campbell.