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.
- October 2018: Sara Loo has joined the group as a postdoctoral research associate. We welcome Sara!
- September 2018: Loïc has moved on to another postdoctoral position. We wish him all the best for the future!
- August 2018: Xiyan Xiong has joined the group as a PhD student. We welcome Xiyan!
- 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 .