Chris Lester


I completed a D.Phil. (Ph.D.) at the Wolfson Centre for Mathematical Biology, a research group of the Mathematical Institute, Oxford. I was a member of Wadham College. My research focussed on the design and development of efficient stochastic simulation techniques for biochemical networks. I was supervised by Dr Kit Yates and Associate Professor Ruth Baker. I previously studied for an M.Math. in Mathematics at Oxford.

I've also been a stipendiary lecturer in Applied Mathematics at St Peter's College, Oxford where I taught first and second year undergraduates in Mathematics.

I've put together this page to give a brief description about what I've done, and I've included a few bits that I hope will be useful. My contact details are included below, should you have any questions or wish to get in touch.

Thesis submitted!

I recently submitted my thesis, and 'Leave to Supplicate' was granted on 28 September 2017. It can be downloaded here.

Recent publications


Chris Lester, Christian Yates, Mike Giles, Ruth Baker, An adaptive multi-level simulation algorithm for stochastic biological systems The Journal of Chemical Physics, 2015. [Journal Link]

Chris Lester, Ruth Baker, Mike Giles, Christian Yates, Extending the multi-level method for the simulation of stochastic biological systems, 2016. The Bulletin of Mathematical Biology, 2016. [Journal Link]

Chris Lester, Ruth Baker, Christian Yates, Parameter sensitivity analysis for reaction-diffusion models. The Journal of Chemical Physics, 2017. [Journal Link]

Conference Proceedings (Refereed)

Mike Giles, Chris Lester, James Whittle Non-nested adaptive timesteps in multilevel Monte Carlo computations, Monte Carlo and Quasi-Monte Carlo Methods 2014. Springer, 2015.

Under Review

Chris Lester, Christian Yates, Ruth Baker, Robustly simulating biochemical reaction kinetics using multi-level Monte Carlo approaches, 2017.

Contact details

Email is the best way to get hold of me - - just remove the pets from the email address.