gaffney Position

University Lecturer and Tutorial Fellow in Applied Mathematics (Mathematical Biology), Tutor for Graduates


PhD (Cambridge), MA (Cambridge).

Academic Background

I studied mathematics at The University of Cambridge, prior to a PhD in Mathematical Physics, followed by a Wellcome Trust Post-Doctoral Training Fellowship in Mathematical Biology at The University of Oxford. I proceeded to become a faculty member at The School of Mathematics, University of Birmingham for several years with duties ranging from lecturing to admissions tutor, in addition to research. I have recently returned to Oxford University to take up a faculty position in the Mathematical Institute and a tutorial fellowship at Brasenose College.

Undergraduate Teaching

Within college I give tutorials in applied mathematics for the first two years of the degree programme which supplements University lectures. As with all other colleges, mathematics undergraduates in later years attend University lectures, supported by intercollegiate classes. My university teaching currently consists of lecturing the thrid year course Mathematical Biology and Ecology plus giving intercollegiate classes in the Masters level course, Mathematical Physiology. I have previously taught and lectured across a broad range of applied mathematics, covering topics not only in my speciality of mathematical biology, but as diverse as special relativity, linear control theory and fluid dynamics.

Research Interests

My research is primarily in the general area of biological and biomedical applications of mathematics. Topics I am actively pursuing, and actively recruiting DPhil students for, include:

Modelling tumours and chemotherapy scheduling.

Pattern formation mechanisms especially on growing domains and, more recently, involving time delays.

Mathematical and Biological aspects of reaction diffusion systems. These range from mathematically based stability studies and to modelling transport phenomena on biologically realistic domains, captured by imaging.

Microbiological fluid dynamics including muco-ciliary dynamics and spermatozoa dynamics.

Models of cell movement, signalling and interaction.

Some recent publications

DB de Souza, HA Araujo, GC Duarte-Filho, EA Gaffney, FAN Santos, and EP Raposo, Fock-space approach to stochastic susceptible-infected-recovered models, Phys. Rev. E (2022) 106:014136

LV Brown, MC Coles, M McConnell, AV Ratushny, EA Gaffney, Analysis of cellular kinetic models suggest that physiologically based model parameters may be inherently, practically unidentifiable, Journal of Pharmacokinetics and Pharmacodynamics (2022) 49:539-556

A Sargood, EA Gaffney, AL Krause, Fixed and Distributed Gene Expression Time Delays in Reaction-Diffusion Systems, Bull. Math Bio (2022) 84:98, 29 pages.

BJ Walker, K Ishimoto, C Moreau, EA Gaffney, MP Dalwadi, Emergent rheotaxis of shape-changing swimmers in Poiseuille flow, J. Fluid Mechanics (2022),

L Brown, J Wagg, R Darley, A van Hateren, T Elliott, E Gaffney, M Coles, De-risking clinical trial failure through mechanistic simulation, Immunotherapy Advances, (2022) 2:1-15.

M Dvoriashyna, AJE Foss, EA Gaffney, R Repetto, A mathematical model of aqueous humor production and composition, Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Science, (2022) 63:1-11.

EA Gaffney, MP Dalwadi, C Moreau, K Ishimoto, BJ Walker, Canonical orbits for rapidly deforming planar microswimmers in shear flow, Physical Review Fluids (2022) 7, L022101

JE Jansen, D Aschenbrenner, HH Uhlig, MC Coles, EA Gaffney, A method for the inference of cytokine interaction networks, PLoS Computational Biology (2022) 18, e1010112

JP Whiteley, CP Brown, EA Gaffney, Modelling articular cartilage: the relative motion of two adjacent poroviscoelastic layers, Mathematical Medicine and Biology: A Journal of the IMA, (2022), doi: 10.1093/imammb/dqac005

BJ Walker, K Ishimoto, EA Gaffney, C Moreau, MP Dalwadi, The effects of rapid yawing on simple swimmer models and planar Jeffery's orbits, Physical Review Fluids, (2022) 7, 023101.

Email address

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