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.
- Nov 2016: Wunna Kyaw has joined the group as a Science Faculty Summer Vacation Scholar. He studies at the University of Sydney. We welcome Wunna!
- Nov 2016: ARC Discovery Grant New models linking microbial natural history and molecular evolution awarded to Mark Tanaka and Ruiting Lan.
- Oct 2016: Justin Nam has completed his Honours project and submitted his thesis. Congratulations!
- Aug 2016: Bec has moved to a postdoc position at the University of Melbourne. We wish her all the best!
- Aug 2016: Lilach Hadany from Tel Aviv University visits the group during her sabbatical.