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Miss Zoe Bright



I am a PhD Mathematics student working on Stress and Epilepsy: the role of the HPA axis in modulating brain network dynamics, supervised by Professor John Terry. I am based in the Living Systems Institute (LSI) on Streatham Campus with and funded by the EPSRC Centre for Predictive Modelling in Healthcare (


In 2015, I graduated from Oxford Brookes University with an upper second class BSc (Hons) Mathematics degree. It was during my time as a student here that I explored biological applications of mathematics. In my third year as an undergraduate, I was studying knot theory for my dissertation and this is where I explored the possibility of linking this pure subject with biology. I attended and participated in the Tomorrow’s Mathematicians Today Conference 2015 hosted at the University of York. I presented my work on knot theory and its link with DNA topology. I was one of six students nominated for the GCHQ award. For more information of the event, see here: 

After my experience at the University of York, I took the opportunity to study an MSc in Advanced Mathematical Biology. My main focus here was mathematical modelling and using various mathematical methods and tools to investigate an array of problems. As a masters student here, I was part of Professor Paul Kaye's research group in the Centre for Immunology and Infection investigating the subtropical disease Leishmaniasis for my dissertation. Working in a research group that is making use of applied mathematics motivated my decision to go into further research and join Exeter's epilepsy group.


Outside of the world of academia, I take interest in swimming, trampolining, tennis, yoga and kickboxing. On a gentler note, I love to write for leisure and take up art therapy. Since I was 17, I've been a keen blood donor! I'm hopeful to see more women involved in science, particularly mathematics, in the future!