Mathematical and Computational Biology

tanaka lab

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.

Seeking PhD students: if you are interested in postgraduate studies in this group please contact Mark to discuss the possibility.
Mar 2017:
Leo Fang has joined the group as a bioinformatics Honours student.

Sangeeta Bhatia has joined the group as a postdoctoral research associate. She recently finished her PhD in algebraic biology at WSU.
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.
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