Dr Michael Watson

Dr Michael Watson

  • PhD Mathematical Biology, 2013, Heriot-Watt University
  • BSc Mathematics, First Class Honours, 2008, University of Dundee 
School of Mathematics & Statistics

I am a Lecturer in Applied Mathematics in the School of Mathematics and Statistics. My research is in mathematical and computational modelling of biological and physical systems. I develop, solve and analyse models to explain complex phenomena that cannot be understood by experiment alone. Techniques that I use include partial differential equation models, individual-based models and pore network models.

In the context of biology, I use models to study the formation of patterns and structure in tissues and multi-cellular systems. This involves modelling processes such as cell migration, cellular signalling, tissue remodelling, cell-cell interactions and capillary-scale blood flow. My work has been applied to a range of problems in disease, development and physiology. Specific examples include:

  • in vivo and in vitro wound healing;
  • development of the retinal vasculature; and
  • growth and formation of atherosclerotic plaques.

My other research area is pore-scale modelling of single-phase and two-phase fluid flow in porous media. This work has been used to study techniques of enhanced oil recovery from hydrocarbon reservoirs.

School of Mathematics and Statistics University of New South Wales Sydney NSW 2052 The Red Centre
  • Journal articles | 2018
    Watson MG; Byrne HM; Macaskill C; Myerscough MR, 2018, 'A two-phase model of early fibrous cap formation in atherosclerosis', Journal of Theoretical Biology, vol. 456, pp. 123 - 136, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jtbi.2018.08.010

  • 2014: Lee Segel Prize for Best Paper from the Society for Mathematical Biology.

My Teaching

I am currently scheduled to teach:

MATH6781 Biomathematics

MATH1231 Mathematics 1B