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I was an undergraduate at Cambridge, then did my PhD at Imperial College, before moving to Oxford with the support of a Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851 fellowship. During my time at Oxford I began to change interests from my work in Mathematical Physics (behaviour of interfaces with both effective Hamiltonian theories and exact calculations with Ising models) to applying mathematical and computational methods to problems in Biology, initially motivated by the way spin system models from mathematical physics were being used to explain the phenomena in collective motion. I then moved to the JCMB in Edinburgh to work on the Daisyworld system before I was appointed an RCUK fellow at York in 2007 jointly between the departments of Mathematics and Biology. I became a lecturer in 2012 and a senior lecturer in 2014. I was promoted to Professor in Mathematical Modelling in 2021.

My research involves applying a variety of computational and mathematical techniques to interesting problems, mostly in Biology. My interests are in collective motion (particularly in interaction networks and the role of noise) and microbiology (particularly in metabolism, spatial structure and plasmid dynamics) as well as modelling air and naval warfare and glycosylation.

Mathematical Biology and Chemistry Research Group

York Historical Warfare Analysis Group

I am always interested in receiving applications from students wishing to apply computational and mathematical techniques to interesting problems.

Brennen Fagan - btf500@york.ac.uk