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.
- Postdoc position available in mathematical/computational biology. The general research area is modelling microbial evolution and/or molecular epidemiology of bacteria using genomic sequence data. To start approx Aug 2018. For more information please email Mark.
- Seeking PhD students: if you are interested in postgraduate studies in this group please contact Mark to discuss the possibility.
- July 2018: Aidan McMahon-Smith has joined the group to work on a project for BABS3301. We welcome Aidan!
- May 2018: Bec and Mark's paper, with collaborators at the University of Washington, on niche construction and the tragedy of the commons has appeared in the American Naturalist. Read about it here .