Mathematics in the life sciences
Our researchers work closely with life scientists to address key challenges in biology and medicine using a wide range of mathematical and statistical techniques.
We welcome applications for PhD study in all areas of mathematics in the life sciences.
PhD enquiries related to this theme can be directed to Dr Stefan Güttel.
Mathematics reaches into almost every area of biology and medicine. Quantitative methods are increasingly valued by biologists seeking to make sense of complex systems, or seeking to extract useful information from large experimental datasets. The life science and healthcare arenas are also rich sources of challenging new mathematical and statistical questions.
Our interests span application areas such as biochemical and gene regulatory networks, biomechanics, cell migration and signalling, medical imaging, medical statistics, molecular evolution and population dynamics. These topics are pursued in collaboration with life science researchers in Manchester and beyond.
Areas of expertise
Biomechanics and transport processes
We investigate the mechanical properties of diverse biological structures, from individual cells to entire tissues and organisms.
Dynamical systems describes time dependent behaviour, including chaos, in difference and differential equations and has applications across the sciences.
In inverse problems researchers look inside solid objects or deduce complex models from data using mathematics.
Statistics is concerned with the analysis and interpretation of data, the design of experiments and decision-making under uncertainty.
Our staff, students and postgraduate researchers have access to a fantastic range of facilities across the University.
Find the Department's recent publications in the University's database.
Discover the PhD opportunities available in the Department of Mathematics.
Research seminars on topics associated with mathematics in the life sciences take place regularly in the following series: