MSc Mathematical Sciences, Durham University (2012 -14) - Distinction
Specialising in Applied Mathematics
Winner of the Peter Rowe Postgraduate Memorial Award in 2014 for my high exam results
Modules studied include:
Advanced Quantum Theory
Partial Differential Equations (analytic and numerical)
BA Philosophy and Mathematics, University of Southampton (2009 - 12) - First Class Honours
Joint Honours degree, including dissertation/project in both Philosophy and Mathematics
On multiple occasions won awards for achieving the best joint honours results in the department
Modules studied include:
Philosophy of Mathematics
University of Oxford
I've now finished my first year in SABS - here's a brief overview of my projects.
My first short project (11 weeks) was in the Wolfson Centre for Mathematical Biology supervised by Prof. Helen Byrne, together with Dr. Heiko Enderling from Moffitt Cancer Centre. I researched mathematical modelling of radiation therapy in tumour treatment, involving preliminary work regarding a new metric used to personalise and optimise treatment protocols in the clinic.
My second 11 week project was also in the WCMB, under the supervision of Anthony Connor, together with Prof Helen Byrne (WCMB), Dr Franziska Mech (Roche) and Dr Tom Quaiser (Roche). I developed a hybrid model of vascular tumour growth based on previous work by Owen et al to include different phenotypes of macrophage and an additional diffusible species, CSF-1. There's a pretty video of it here if you're interested. I also demonstrated proof of principle that this model could be helpfully used to mimic an anti-CSF-1R antibody treatment.
My DPhil research project will be in the Wolfson Centre for Mathematical Biology and is based on my second short project, supervised by Prof Helen Byrne (WCMB), Dr Franziska Mech (Roche), Dr Tom Quaiser (Roche), Prof Vicente Grau (Institute of Biomedical Engineering) and Anthony Connor (WCMB). It will involve using mathematical modelling and image analysis techniques to analyse a highly detailed large data set of vascular tumour images and histological data.
My main experience of research comes from my undergraduate and Masters' projects. These involved:
Optonanofluidics - my MSc thesis is in the area of Optonanofluidics, supervised by Dr. Buddhapriya Chakrabarti. It involved modelling the fluid flow in and around a nano-scale oil droplet held suspended in water in a "dumbbell" shape by laser traps when subjected to a pressure gradient. There are currently plans to develop this into a paper in conjuction with the Chemistry department at Durham.
University of Southampton
I conducted two small research projects as part of the "Communicating and Researching Mathematics" module of my BA. These were:
The Riemann Zeta Function - I conducted a group project on the Riemann Zeta Function, focussing on the different uses and derivations of the function, as well as its importance to modern mathematics and physics.
Fractals, Self-Similarity and Non-Integer Dimension - an individual research project involving the various definitions of fractal shapes and the concept of non-integer dimensions, as well as some of their current applications and uses.
I haven't yet attended any conferences. If you're interested in inviting me, please do get in touch.
Currently working on developing my MSc thesis into a paper in conjunction with Durham University.
My academic interests are based in Applied Mathematics, largely regarding theoretical approaches to science. They include:
Vascular Tumour Growth - More specifically, mathematical modelling of it. So far, I've conducted research into different methods of modelling growth, radiation treatment and tumour-immune interactions.
Machine Learning - Especially in connection with image analysis and in silico mathematical modelling.
Partial Differential Equations - Come on, who doesn't like PDEs? They're just cool.
Theoretical Physics - Before becoming interested in mathematical approaches to biomedical science I was primarily interested in physics. This included areas where mathematics plays a key role in unanswered questions of fundamental interest such as Quantum Field Theory, General Relativity and String Theory.
Performance - I'm a keen musician, and especially enjoy playing jazz. Blatant plugs for Dot's Funk Odyssey, the funk band I play Tenor Saxophone in in Oxford, can be found here and, if you're a facebooky person (let's face it, who isn't?!), here.
Accomplishments - My musical accomplishments include achieving Grade 8 standard in both Tenor and Alto Saxophones and Classical Guitar, as well as playing numerous other instruments well. One of my life goals is to achieve Grade 8 Piano without ever having a piano lesson - I'm currently playing Grade 6 pieces.
Running - I'm a (not especially quick) long distance runner, and have completed several half marathons as well as the London Marathon 2013.
Badminton - I play badminton reasonably well, but have for some reason never been called up to represent Team GB at a single Olympic Games. Nevertheless, since starting at Oxford I've made it into the St. Hugh's College B team, which is pretty much world class standard.
Rowing - I foolishly decided to take up rowing when I came to Oxford, and I'm getting up early enough often enough that I feel justified on adding it to here. I'm currently rowing for St. Hugh's College, and have a lovely pair of wooden spoons to show for our outstanding performances during the last year. I hope to replace them with real oars some time in the not-too-distant future.
I enjoy hillwalking, and am proud of having completed the Three Peaks Challenge in less than 12 hours. I also enjoy reading novels, Facebook, Netflix and, if I'm being honest, most of the rest of the internet. Mildly addicted to news websites.