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SBIDER Seminars

Our seminars are held on Mondays 2-3pm, in the Occulus on Main Campus. Room OC1.08.

A sandwich lunch is provided beforehand 1.15-2pm in MSB kitchen.

All welcome!

Term 2 (Spring) Seminars (Jan -March 2024)

  Speaker Affiliation Title
15th January 2024 Mark Lynch (Physics, Warwick), Simon Schnyder (Tokyo). Institute of Industrial Science, University of Tokyo, Japan. From preferences to endogenous behaviour in disease & vice-versa
22nd January Helen Byrne Mathematics Institute, Oxford. Applications of Topological Data Analysis in Biology. Abstract.
29th January Karen Page Department of Mathematics, UCL, London Positional information theory. Abstract.
5th February Paolo Ribeca UK Health Security Agency On embeddings, distances, phylogenies, and All That. Abstract
12th February Guillaume Charras London Centre for Nanotechnology, University College London

Control of morphogenesis by the actin cortex in single cells and multicellular aggregates. Abstract.

19th February Lukas Eigentler SBIDER (recently arrived) Modelling dryland vegetation patterns
26th February Meaghan Kall UK Health Security Agency Spreading information rather than infections: using social media for public engagement during a pandemic. Abstract.
4th March Nir Gov
Department of Chemical and Biological Physics, Weizmann Institute of Science
Rehovot, Israel
Guided by curvature: A theoretical model of cellular shape dynamics and motility, coupling curvature and activity. Abstract.
11th March No seminar    


Term 1 Seminars 2023/24
  Speaker Affiliation Title
9th October 2023 No seminar    
16th October Get together Lunch -SBIDER kitchen    
23rd October Igor Nesteruk Visiting Warwick/SBIDER from Institute of Hydromechanics, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, Kyiv, Ukraine

Inverse problems of COVID-19 pandemic dynamic and endemic characteristics of SARS-CoV-2 infection

30th October Emily Nixon Department of Mathematical Sciences, University of Liverpool. Mathematical modelling of infectious diseases within a One Health framework. Abstract.
6th November Annabelle Ballesta  Curie Institute, Paris Quantitative Systems Pharmacology to Personalize Temozolomide-based Drug Combinations against Brain Tumors. Abstract.
13th November Chris Overton

Department of Mathematical Sciences, University of Liverpool

Time Delays in Infectious Disease Data: Theory and Practice. Abstract.
20th Nov

Alex Browning 

Mathematics Institute, University of Oxford.

Identifying cell-to-cell variability using mathematical and statistical modelling. Abstract.

27th November


NOTE: Guillaume Charras postponed until next term.

4th December NO SEMINAR NOTE Meaghan Kall is postponed until next term.  


Term 3 Seminars 2023
  Speaker Affiliation Title
24th April Felicia Magpantay
Location: MS.01
Queen's University Canada Challenges in modeling the transmission dynamics of childhood diseases
1st May BANK HOLIDAY    
8th May BANK HOLIDAY    
15th May Xavier Didelot
Location: MS.05
Warwick University Distinguishing imported cases from locally acquired cases within a geographically limited genomic sample of an infectious disease.
22nd May Isaac Stopard
Location: MS.05
Imperial College London TBA. Likely epidemiological modelling, possibly on malaria.
29th May BANK HOLIDAY    
5th June Hugh Robinson
Location: MS.05
Department of Physiology, University of Cambridge Calcium signalling and excitability in invasive cancer cells
12th June David Rand
Location: MS.05
University of Warwick

TimeTeller: a tool to analyse from data the circadian clock as a multigene dynamical system.

19th June Anna Borlase (Big data Institute, Oxford)
Location: MS.05
University of Oxford TBA: Likely modelling/analysis of schistosome infections
26th June Omer Dushek (Sir William Dunn School of Pathology)
Location: MS.05
University of Oxford. The ligand discriminatory power of the T cell receptor (and other quantitative immunology tales)
Term 2 Seminars 2023

23rd January


Adam N. Sanborn/ Nick Chater

Department of Psychology (Waarwick)/WBS Bayesian brains without probabilities. Abstract.

30th January


Bruno Martins Warwick School of Life Sciences

Round the clock: circadian gene expression, growth and division in cyanobacteria. Abstract

6th February


Mafalda Viana School of Biodiversity, University of Glasgow. Vampire bats and mosquitoes: combining surveillance and genomics to dissect the impacts of disease control in the field

13th February


Trevor Graham Institute of cancer Research Measuring cancer evolutionary dynamics using maths and genomics. Abstract.

20th February


Randolf Altmeyer Faculty of Mathematics, Cambridge. Modelling and Statistical inference with Stochastic partial differential equations. Abstract.

27th February


Sorry no seminar.   Hugh Robinson will hopefully present next term.

6th March


Theodore Kypraios School of Mathematical Sciences, Nottingham.

Bayesian nonparametric inference for stochastic infectious disease models. Abstract

13th March


Sorry no seminar.   Anna Borlaise (Big data Institute, Oxford) will speak next term on 19th June.
Term 1 Seminars 2022/2023
26th October Anna Seale Warwick Medical School Group A Strep in early life
10th October Timothy Saunders Warwick Medical School Defining boundaries during development
17th October David Helekal SBIDER  
24th October Kris Parag Imperial College Quantifying how noise in epidemic data limits estimates of disease spread
31st October Susana Gomes Warwick Maths & MathSys Parameter estimation for macroscopic pedestrian dynamics models using individual trajectories
7th November Joe Hilton SBIDER CANCELLED
14th November Stephen Parnell Warwick Life Sciences Detection and control of invasive plant diseases; an epidemiological modelling approach.
21st November Michelle Kendall SBIDER Epidemiological impacts of the NHS COVID-19 app in England and Wales
28th November Melissa Iacovidou SBIDER Mathematical models of malaria: the importance of biological realism and the effects of insecticide resistance
5th December Marya Bazzi Warwick Maths & MathSys Mesoscale structure in temporal networks


7th Oct No Monday seminar this week, but a special Wednesday seminar from Professor Peter Thompson (University of Pretoria), on Solving the mysteries of Rift Valley fever in southern Africa. 3pm, Wednesday 9th October, in the one off location of MS0.4
14th Oct      
21st Oct Dr Madhusudhan Venkadesan Yale University Form and function of feet and fins. Abstract
28th Oct Prof Graham Medley London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine Visceral Leishmanias on the Indian Subcontinent: predictions, targets and dynamics. Abstract
4th Nov Dr Raluca Eftimie University of Dundee REARRANGED FOR 12th FEB 2020
11th Nov Dr Ben Ashby University of Bath

Finding your niche: how competition drives patterns of diversity. Abstract

18th Nov Dr Aaron Lim University of Bristol

Towards hepatitis C virus elimination in high-burden resource-limited settings: Focus on Pakistan. Abstract

25th Nov No seminar due to strike action    
2nd Dec No seminar due to strike action    

Term 3 Seminars 2018/19

29th April Dr Mario Recker University of Exeter

Knowledge gaps and model challenges related to dengue and other arboviral diseases. Abstract

6th May bank holiday    
13th May Dr Marco Polin University of Warwick

Dial-a-Plume: Localised Photo-Bio-Convection on Demand. Abstract

20th May Prof Xavier Didelot University of Warwick (SBIDER)

An analytical journey from pathogen genetics to epidemiology. Abstract

27th May bank holiday    
3rd June Dr Rebecca Mancy University of Glasgow

Emergent clustering of species traits as a driver of biodiversity. Abstract

10th June      
17th June Dr Lilith Whittles Imperial College London

Statistical epidemiology of gonorrhoea: modelling the fitness cost and benefit of antibiotic resistance and potential impact of vaccination. Abstract



12th April


Prof Mick Roberts Massey University

Mathematical eco-epidemiology and the dilution effect. Abstract


Term 2 Seminars 2018/19

21st January Dr Sara Jabbari University of Birmingham

 Novel strategies to tackle bacterial infections: targeting adhesion and persistence. Abstract

28th January Prof Mark Leake  University of York Illuminating the black box of DNA-Protein Interactions. Abstract
4th February Dr Jonathan Harrison University of Warwick (SBIDER)  Testing models of mRNA localization reveals robustness regulated by reducing transport between cells. Abstract
11th February Prof Rowland Kao University of Edinburgh  Combining genomics and epidemiology to analyse bi-directional transmission of Myocbacterium bovis for cattle and badgers in Great Britain. Abstract
18th February Dr Heather Harrington University of Oxford

Comparing models and biological data using computational algebra and topology. Abstract

25th February Dr Tim Rogers University of Bath Strength in numbers: how demographic noise can reverse the direction of selection. Abstract
4th March Dr Ben Swallow University of Warwick (SBIDER) Efficient Bayesian parameter inference for high-dimensional stochastic biological systems using the phase-corrected linear noise approximation. Abstract
11th March Dr Darius Koester University of Warwick  Tracking single myosin II filament dynamics during
acto-myosin network remodeling to understand
the role of mechanical feedback in the
process of pattern formation. Abstract

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