ASB Group

Algebraic Systems Biology Group


Photo credit: M. Beguerisse

The Algebraic Systems Biology Group is housed in Wolfson Centre for Mathematical Biology. We collaborate with the following groups: Oxford Centre for Industrial and Applied Mathematics, Numerical Analysis, Control Engineering and Topology.

Current members

Principal Investigator

Heather A Harrington

Postdoctoral Researchers

Graduate Students

Nina Otter (jointly supervised with Ulrike Tillmann)
Mathematics DPhil student
Barbara Mahler (jointly supervised with Mason A Porter and Ulrike Tillmann)
Mathematics DPhil student, Systems Biology DTC
  • Previous project: Computational Topology in Neuroscience
    Systems Biology DTC project (May - July 2014, jointly supervised with Mason A Porter)
Bernadette Stolz (jointly supervised with Jared Tanner)
Mathematics DPhil student, Systems Approaches to Biomedical Science DTC
  • Previous project: Analysis of persistent homology in neuronal networks.
    July - September 2015, DTC short project jointly supervised with Mason A Porter
  • Previous project: Classification of pathological tumour tissue data and biomarker discovery using topological data analysis.
    May - July 2015, DTC short project jointly supervised with Jared Tanner
  • Previous project: Computational Topology in Neuroscience
    Mathematical Modelling and Scientific Computing MSc
    Summer 2014, jointly supervised with Mason A Porter
Michael Adamer (jointly supervised with Thomas Woolley and Eamonn Gaffney)
Mathematics DPhil student, Systems Biology CDT
  • Previous project: Stochastic chemical reactions using real algebraic geometry (April - July 2016)
  • Agnese Barbensi (jointly supervised with Marc Lackenby and Dorothy Buck)
    Mathematics DPhil student funded by EPSRC/Royal Society Award
    Rohan Arambepola (jointly supervised with Frances Kirwan and Emilie Dufresne)
    Systems Biology Centre for Doctoral Trainings, short project (July - September)

    Previous Members

    Postdoctoral Researchers

    Emilie Dufresne
    John Fell Fund postdoc developing algebraic methods for model identification with application to biology
  • Placement: Research fellow in Mathematical Sciences at University of Nottingham
  • Adam MacLean (joint mentor with Helen Byrne)
    Methods for model identification in signaling pathways.
  • Placement: Postdoc in Nie Lab at UC Irvine
  • Graduate Students

    Parker Edwards (jointly supervised with Emilie Dufresne)
    Mathematical Foundations of Computer Science MSc research student (April - Sept 2016)
  • Placement: Mathematics PhD program at University of Florida
  • Matishalin Patel (jointly supervised with Michael Bonsall)
    Interdisciplinary Bioscience Doctoral Training Partnership research student (April - July 2016)
    Leo Speidel (jointly supervised with Mason A Porter and Jon Chapman)
    Systems Biology Centre for Doctoral Training research student (April - July 2016)
  • Placement: Department of Statistics, DPhil with Simon Myers
  • Erin Price-Wright (jointly supervised with Mason A Porter)
    Mathematical Foundations of Computer Science MSc research student (Summer 2015)
  • Placement: Business Development at Palantir Technologies
  • Dorian Levy (jointly supervised with Robert Van Gorder)
    Mathematical Modelling and Scientific Computing MSc research student (Summer 2015)
  • Placement: Development and Operations Engineer at StarLeaf
  • Alice Schwarze (jointly supervised with Antonis Papachristodoulou and James Anderson)
    Complete controllability analysis of the Wnt signalling pathway.
    Systems Approaches to Biomedical Science DTC short project (May - July 2015)
  • Placement: Oxford Mathematical Institute, DPhil with Mason A Porter
  • Jake Taylor-King (jointly supervised with Mason A Porter and David Basanta)
    A simple model for osteocyte network formation.
    Systems Approaches to Biomedical Science(SABS) DTC short project (July - September 2014)
  • Placement: Oxford Mathematical Institute, DPhil with Mason A Porter and Jon Chapman
  • Andrew Parker (jointly supervised with Helen Byrne and Blanca Rodriguez)
    Model choice for heart models.
    Systems Biology DTC short project (July - September 2014)
  • Placement: Oxford Mathematical Institute, DPhil with Ruth Baker
  • Florian Klimm (jointly supervised with Mason Porter )
    Persistent homology and random-walker threshold models for social influence
    Visiting masters student from Humboldt-Universitaet Berlin (Summer 2013)
  • Placement: Systems Approaches to Biomedical Science DTC at Oxford