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 and the National Health and Medical Research Council.
- Seeking PhD students: if you are interested in postgraduate studies in this group please contact Mark to discuss the possibility.
- Jan 2018: Anna Ong has joined the group as a Summer Vacation Research Scholar. We welcome Anna!
- Dec 2017: NHMRC Project Grant 2018-2020 Reducing pertussis burden by optimising molecular epidemiological surveillance of epidemic Bordetella pertussis in Australia, awarded to R. Lan, V. Sintchenko, F. Mooi, M. Tanaka.
- Oct 2017: Leo Fang has completed his Honours project and submitted his thesis. Congratulations!
- Aug 2017: Loïc Thibaut has joined the group as a postdoctoral research associate. His background is in ecology, computer programming and statistics. Welcome Loïc!
- Good news: spolTools is back online http://spoltools.emi.unsw.edu.au