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Sean Aller

About Me

Second year PhD student, studying at the School of Life Sciences at the University of Warwick and member of the Orkun S Soyer Lab Group (OSS).

I have always been interested in science and studied a BSc in Biomedical Science at the University of Warwick. During my degree, I developed a keen interest in viruses and their interactions with hosts, in particular zoonotic viruses. My interest for computational biology began whilst studying for my third year dissertation, which was research into the human genome and effects of varying selection pressures. I decided to pursue a PhD which focused on virus-host interactions from a theoretical and computational point of view.

Research Project

Title: Mathematical Modelling of Host-Virus Metabolic Interactions


  • Develop a mathematical modelling approach that is able to capture and predict host-virus metabolic interactions
  • Investigate a variety of host-virus pairs, with a particular focus on humans and viruses in the neglected tropical disease (NTD) category

Supervisor: Professor Orkun Soyer (University of Warwick).

Funding: Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (DSTL).

Responsibilities and Roles

Lecturer - Scientist 101

For the academic year 2015/2016, I was directly involved with the development and delivery of a new undergraduate skills module: Scientist 101. This new module aimed to provide undergraduate students of all years in the Life Sciences Department with:

  • Research skills
  • Effective communication and teamwork skills
  • Organising and Planning techniques
  • Scientific writing techniques

Peer Support Network

Since starting my PhD, I have developed volunteer-run "Peer Support Sessions" for undergraduates students in the School of Life Sciences. This has been in conjunction with PhD student Josh Hodge, and the University of Warwick BioSoc Society. These sessions have also doubled as opportunities for teaching and advising the undergraduates with other academic and career matters. Examples of what has been covered:

  • Postgraduate opportunities: The PhD and Masters application process; What is it like to be a researcher; What are my options once I leave my undergraduate degree.
  • Workshops: Third year dissertations; Effective revision techniques; Analysing scientific papers; Writing scientific reports; Exam preparation.  

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Sean Aller


School of Life Sciences

Gibbet Hill Campus

University of Warwick



+44 (0)24 765 28086

S-D dot Aller at warwick dot ac dot uk

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