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Connor White

Current Research

For my PhD, under the supervision of Bridget Penman, Lorenzo Pellis and Matt Keeling, I am researching evolution of the major histocompatibilty complex (MHC). Right now I am working on two specific projects

1) Understanding how MHC haplotypes evolve, specifically looking at how duplicated MHC loci evolve
2) Understanding how pathogen strain dynamics affect which MHC genotypes (known as HLA genotypes in humans) are protective against which diseases.

I have been developing agent based models and ODE models to tackle these questions.

Previous Research

Masters dissertaion for my MPhys Physics with Theoretical Physics (2014), Supervisor Tobias Galla - Chaotic Dynamics in Game theory

We applied the experience weighted attraction model to many classic game theory games. We showed increasing the number of players and the number of stratergies lead to more chaotic dynamics.

Summer student report for my CERN summer student internship (2013), Supervisor Jan Fiete Grosse-Oetringhaus - Two-particle correlations in pp collisions at the LHC with ALICE

Analysed pp collision data from the LHC ALICE experiment. We look at the angles of the yielded particles from a collision and compare the differences between pp collisions and p-Pb collisions.


MSc Mathematics of Systems – University of Warwick - (2016-2017)
Mphys Physics with Theoretical Physics – University of Macnhester – (2010-2014)


Connor F. White, Lorenzo Pellis, Matt J. Keeling and Bridget S. Penman. "Detecting HLA-infectious disease associations for multi-strain pathogens." MEEGID (2020)

Conferences, Summer Schools, Workshops

- Presented at European Conference on Mathematical and Theoretical Biology 2018

- Introduction to Machine Learning Summer School (University of Warwick, June 2017)

- CERN summer student (CERN Geneva, summer of 2013)



Office: D2.11 (Zeeman Building)