[PAST EVENT] Cissy Patterson Lecture/CSUMS Lecture

April 15, 2011
3pm - 4pm
Jones Hall, Room 301
200 Ukrop Way
Williamsburg, VA 23185Map this location
Title: How the Leopard Got its Spots

Abstract: The magnificent patterns we see on animals have fascinated researchers for centuries yet still we do not fully understand how they arise. As well as experimental research in this area, mathematical models have also been used. In this talk some mathematical models for biological pattern formation will be presented with applications that will include, skeletal patterning (chicks and frogs), pigmentation patterning (cows, fish, snakes, etc.) and slime mould.

Philip Maini received his B.A. in mathematics from Balliol College, Oxford, in 1982 and his D.Phil. in 1985 under the supervision of Prof. J.D. Murray, FRS. After completing his studies he spent a year as an Assistant Master at Eton College before returning to the CMB in 1987 as a Junior Research Fellow at Wolfson College, Oxford. In 1988 he was appointed Assistant Professor in the Mathematics Department at the University of Utah, Salt Lake City for two years, before returning to Oxford, initially as a University Lecturer and then as Professor and Director of the CMB. He is currently on the editorial boards of a large number of journals, including serving as the managing editor for the Bulletin of Mathematical Biology. He has also been an elected member of the Boards of the Society for Mathematical Biology (SMB) and European Society for Mathematical and Theoretical Biology (ESMBTB). Recently he was elected to the Council of the IMA.

His research projects include the modeling of avascular and vascular tumours, normal and abnormal wound healing, collective motion of social insects, bacterial chemotaxis, rainforest dynamics, pathogen infections, immunology, vertebrate limb development and calcium signaling in embryogenesis. He has over 280 publications in the field and has held visiting positions at the Universities of Ancona, Cambridge, Central de Venezuela, Degli Studi Di Modena E Reggio Emila, Pierre et Marie Curie (Paris VI), Minnesota, South Florida, Sydney, Washington, Williams College, Queensland University of Technology, National Tsing Hua University of Taiwan and was Distinguished Foreign Visiting Fellow, Hokkaido University (2002). He co-authored a Bellman Prize winning paper (1997) was awarded a Royal Society Leverhulme Trust Senior Research Fellowship for 2001-2002 and a Royal Society-Wolfson Research Merit Award (2006-11). In 2005, he was elected Honorary Guest Professor, University of Electronic Science Science and Technology of China, Chengdu. In 2006, he was appointed to a 3-year Adjunct Professorship at the School of Mathematical Sciences, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, 2010 appointed to a 3-year Adjunct Professorship at Lincoln University, Christchurch, New Zealand, and also appointed as a Distinguished Research Fellow at the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS), South Africa. In 2009, he was awarded the LMS Naylor Prize and Lectureship.

His David Beckham number is 3.

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