Oxford University Professor Philip Maini delivered a public lecture last night at UNSW, titled "Using Mathematics to Understand Biology".
The talk attracted an audience of around 100 people in Mathews Theatre B. The crowd included UNSW students and staff, alumni, students from local and international universities, high school maths teachers, individuals from medical institutes, and members of the public.
Professor Maini's talk was thought-provoking and stimulating, prompting several questions from audience members at the culmination of his presentation.
Among his numerous accolades and honours, Professor Maini, who is a Professor at the Wolfson Centre for Mathematical Biology in Oxford, was recently elected a Fellow of the Royal Society. Last year he featured on the ISI Web of Knowledge High Cited Researcher list (top 1% of researchers from 2002-14), and was listed as one of "The World's Most Influential Scientific Minds 2014" (Thomson Reuters).
He has over 300 publications in the field and has held visiting positions at a number of universities worldwide. His present research projects include the modelling of avascular and vascular tumours, normal and abnormal wound healing, and a number of applications of mathematical modelling in pattern formation in early development, as well as the theoretical analysis of the mathematical models that arise in all of these applications.
We look forward to Professor Maini's next visit to Australia.