Using Mathematical Models to Investigate Development of Structure during Tissue Growth
by Professor Colin Please
Abstract: Mathematical models for describing different aspects of tissue growth will be discussed. Problems to be discussed include growth of cartilage and growth of skin where the changes in the size of the tissue alter the local environment for the cells thereby affecting the growth rate. The emphasis will be on how to include, in a simple manner, the known transport mechanisms into the models and on interpreting the results.
Colin Please is a professor of applied mathematics at the University of Southampton, England. He is on leave in Australia, primarily at QUT in Brisbane, until August and looking at a variety of practical problems using mathematical models including skin growth, cartilage development, tumour dynamics and dry eye behaviour. He did his BSc in Southampton, and his DPhil in Oxford on mathematical modelling of efficient solar cells. He subsequently worked for GEC and the English electricity generating board before spending time in Queensland looking at air and water pollution from power stations. He then moved in 1987 to Southampton where he has been, with periodic visits away to the USA and Australia. His main interests are in applying mathematical methods to understand practical problems and he is actively involved in activities, such as Mathematical Study Groups.
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