Research in our groupMicrobes, such as bacteria and viruses, evolve very quickly. Researchers can study a laboratory population for months or even years, watching evolution unfold before their eyes. One of the main goals in our research group is to model this process mathematically. This is exciting because the mathematical models allow us to make concrete predictions about evolution.
In particular, we are interested in the fate of new mutations which arise during adaptation. New mutations may help the microbe to adapt to changing climates, to infect a new host, or to develop resistance to antibiotics.
My other research interests include:
mobile genetic elements,
in-host modelling of HIV,
and many other applications of mathematics to biology.
I am the chair of the Graduate Affairs Committee, which oversees all aspects of the MSc and PhD programs in Applied Math at Western. Come join us!
I am teaching AM1201b in the Winter 2015 term.
My office hours for Summer 2015 are by appointment.
Here is an interview I did about my work as an applied mathematician for the Digital Windows into Mathematics project.