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Enrico is a PhD student in mathematical biology with a background in stochastic modeling and complex networks. His main research is into the development of mathematical models for cell migration and collective behaviour.
He earned a BSc in mathematics at the University of Padua in Italy, where he studied probability theory and voter models. He then obtained a MSc degree in mathematics working on branching processes and complex networks as an Erasmus student based between Padua and Bristol. He moved to study  mathematical biology at the University of Bath where he joined the Yates Group.
His main field of research deals with colonisation of  the embryos by melanoblasts using agent-based stochastic models. In particular, he is interested in incorporating biological realism into individual-based stochastic models and the derivation of representative deterministic models.
In addition, he has always cultivated a passionate interest for decision making and collective movements in large groups of individuals, specifically in social or swarming insects as ants and locusts, which also forms part of the work he undertakes during his PhD.

Education/Academic qualification

Mathematics, Master in Science, Università di Padova

3 Oct 201423 Sep 2016

Award Date: 23 Sep 2016

Mathematics, Bachelor of Science, Università di Padova

2 Oct 201126 Sep 2014

Award Date: 26 Sep 2014


  • QC Physics
  • Collective Behaviour
  • Cell biology
  • Cell migration
  • QA76 Computer software
  • Agent-based models
  • Multi-scale analysis

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Research Output

Open Access
  • 5 Citations (Scopus)
    40 Downloads (Pure)

    Pair correlation functions for identifying spatial correlation in discrete domains

    Gavagnin, E., Owen, J. & Yates, C., 4 Jun 2018, In : Physical Review E. 97, 6, 062104.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • 3 Citations (Scopus)
    35 Downloads (Pure)

    Stochastic and Deterministic Modelling of Cell Migration

    Gavagnin, E. & Yates, C., 19 Jul 2018, Integrated Population Biology and Modeling. Rao, A. S. R. & Srinivasa, R. C. R. (eds.). Elsevier, p. 37-91 55 p. (Handbook of Statistics ; vol. 39).

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

  • 2 Citations (Scopus)
    Open Access
  • 1 Citation (Scopus)
    16 Downloads (Pure)


    Stochastic multiscale models of cell behaviour

    Author: Gavagnin, E., 13 May 2020

    Supervisor: Yates, C. (Supervisor) & Rogers, T. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Science (DSc)