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Research interests

I am an applied mathematician developing and analysing mathematical models to address problems arising in the health and social sciences. 

The role of mathematical modelling to explore infectious disease control is well-established and involves a wide range of modelling approaches. My particular interest is to explore the potential for classic techniques such as optimal control and feedback control to contribute to the literature in this field. My goal is to find an approach to control that might be easily translated into practice and that might result in clearly defined outcomes in terms of the levels of infection post control intervention. Most of my work is based on underlying deterministic infectious disease processes although I have also undertaken some work that is based upon stochastic and network models. 

As part of my growing collaboration with colleagues working in countries of sub-Saharan Africa, I have become increasingly interested in using mathematical models in the context of criminal activity and crime control. 

My work on drug monitoring and delivery focuses on drugs that are delivered or monitored across the skin.  The challenge here is to work out how the drug molecules might partition and move through the skin barrier that is highly heterogeneous in nature. Here I work with systems of reaction diffusion advection equations for which parameter estimates can be made using the empirical studies of my collaborators working in the Department of Pharmacy & Pharmacology. The resulting mechanistic models diverge from classical pharmacokinetic (PK) models of drug delivery but are of increasing interest to colleagues working in the Pharmaceutical industries who are aware of the limitations of a purely PK approach. Linked to this activity, I am a member of the UK network for Quantitative Systems Pharmacology.


Teaching interests

I have a long-standing interest in Widening Participation in HE. In my own work with students at the university, I am interested in developing effective learning environments to support the diverse needs of students. I also have a strong track record of working at the School-University transition. Currently this involves a collaboration with the AMSP (https://amsp.org.uk) to encourage students from the state school sector to study mathematics post-16 (A level and Core Mathematics).

Other responsibilities

Chair of Academic Assembly (2018-2021)

Ex-officio  member of Senate, Council and Court

Head of Natural Sciences (2019 - 2021)

Board member Society for Natural Sciences and Chair of the Equalities, Diversity & Inclusion sub-committee (2020 - 2022)

Member of the London Mathematical Society (LMS) education committee (2014-2020)

Inaugural chair of the LMS TEMAC sub-committee which has oversight of promoting teaching mathematics as a career to undergraduate students studying mathematics in the UK (2019 - )

Founding director of MASH (https://www.bath.ac.uk/professional-services/mathematics-resources-centre-mash/), the institutional mathematics resources centre that offers a wide range of activities to support the  mathematical and statistical needs of all members of the university. 

Willing to supervise doctoral students

Control of infectious diseases.

Impact of human behaviour on infectious disease dynamics.

Mathematical criminology.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

Applied Mathematics, Doctor of Philosophy, University of Washington

Award Date: 1 Feb 1995

Secondary Mathematics Teaching, King's College London

Award Date: 1 Jul 1988

External positions

Chair, LMS TEMAC sub-committee, London Mathematical Society

Sep 2019 → …

External Examiner UG Mathematics Penrhyn Campus, University of Exeter

Sep 2017Jul 2020

Holgate Lecturer, London Mathematical Society

Sep 2015Jun 2017

Mathematics Subject Expert, Skills Testing Agency

Jun 2015Jun 2016

Education Committee member, London Mathematical Society

Sep 2014Sep 2020

External Examiner UG Mathematics, University of Ulster

Sep 2013Jul 2016

Outer Circle Member, Advisory Committee on Mathematics Education

Jan 2013Dec 2016

Vice-Chair, Loughborough University

Sep 2012Aug 2013

External Examiner UG Mathematics Modules, University of Cumbria

Sep 2006Jul 2009


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