Postgraduate research opportunities in Living Systems Mathematics

James Rankin's research investigates the dynamics of sensory perception. Developed a neural field model of the spread of orientation-selective neural activity in primary visual cortex with collaborator Frederic Chavane at  CNRS & the University of Marseilles/Aix en Provence.

This videos shows the dynamics of the spread of orientation-selective activation (right) within the general non-selective activation (left) in primary visual cortex (V1). Produced in a neural field model with connectivity fit to anatomical data. The orientation-selective component of the activity is confined to the feedforward footprint of the simtulus (red). Find out more about James' research on his webpage and read the paper.

Postgraduate research at the centre

The centre, as part of Mathematics and Computer Science at Exeter maintains an international reputation for research and we continue to invest in top-quality academics and offer a range of projects to research students to enhance this expertise. For more details of our facilities and training programmes, see our pages for taught postgraduate and research postgraduate degrees.

Apply for the taught programme MSc Mathematical Modelling (Biology and Medicine) (starts September 2021).

Apply for a research degree at the centre

Current funded postgraduate research studentship opportunities are listed on our studentships webpage and some ideas for PhD projects are listed below. If you are interested in doing a PhD within the centre, do please contact potential supervisors to discuss possible projects - you can apply on-line using the following link:

Visitors to the centre

We regularly host visiting researchers of all levels to the centre for stays of a few days to a few weeks. If you are interested in spending some time at the centre, contact a potential host and discuss this with them. Please note the David Rees fellowship offers opportunities to fund visits to mathematics at Exeter.

In 2020 we hosted a Fullbright Scholar, Casey Diekman from the New Jersey Institute of Technology.

In March 2021 Dr Oleksandr Burylko (Institute of Mathematics, Kiev, Ukraine) os to visit Roman Borisyuk and our group following a Recent small grant from London Mathematical society.

*New 2021* EPSRC-funded PhD opportunities in Living Systems Mathematics

Applications are currently open for EPSRC fully-funded (UK students, otherwise see details) PhD opportunities in our group.

Application deadline: January 25th 2021 for students starting in September 2021.

Navigate to Mathematics and to Mathematical Biology and Medicine.

Examples of PhD research projects

See personal homepages of academic staff for more suggestions of possible research projects.

  • Computer-in-the-loop control of cellular population dynamics (Kyle Wedgwood)
  • Pattern formation via long-range cell-to-cell contact: revisiting Turing's morphogenesis hypothesis (Kyle Wedgwood)
  • Developing a whole brain model to generate scalp level spatio-temporal brain rhythms (Jen Creaser)
  • Mathematical modelling and analysis of brain dynamics in PTSD (Jen Creaser)
  • Mathematical modelling and analysis of antibiotics uptake in gram negative bacteria and implications for antimicrobial resistance (Krasi Tsaneva-Atanasova)
  • Mathematical modelling for precision medicine (Krasi Tsaneva-Atanasova)
  • Machine learning and optimisation for combined antibiotic treatments (Ozgur Akman)
  • Data science approaches to optimising synthetic minimal media (Ozgur Akman)
  • The nonlinear neural dynamics of synchronising to complex rhythms (James Rankin)
  • The impact of hearing loss on language networks (James Rankin)
  • A mathematical and computational framework for neurobiological modelling: Behaviour-driven optimisation of neural connectivity (Roman Borisyuk)
  • What does that neuron do: A study of the neural circuits that produce swimming in the tadpole (Roman Borisyuk)
  • Dynamics of locomotion and phagocytosis in shape-changing cells: theory and experiments (Kirsty Wan)
  • A novel opto-hydrodynamical platform for studying microorganism movement in three-dimensions (Kirsty Wan)
  • Modelling convergent cell signalling pathways mediating the neurophysiological stress response (Jamie Walker)
  • Modelling the relationship between ion channel expression and electrical activity in stress-sensitive cells (Jamie Walker)
  • Linking models of large-scale brain networks with data to understand neurological disorders (Marc Goodfellow)
  • Personalised brain models for the management of epilepsy (Marc Goodfellow)