Best student paper prize for Antony Selvan

Congratulations to Antony Selvan, who won the Best Student Paper Prize at the 2024 Mathematical Biology Special Interest Group (MBSIG) workshop at the University of South Australia. Antony’s paper, entitled “Point torque representations of ciliary flows” developed new singularity methods for representing the flow fields generated by cilia and flagella. This prize is for an exceptional paper in the field of mathematical biology, and comes with a cash award of 300 AUD, and an invitation to speak at the workshop.



Fluorescence lifetime imaging microscopy paper

Our preprint posted on bioRxiv, led by Dr. Pranali Deore, uses fluorescence lifetime imaging microscopy (FLIM) and FISH to visualise intracellular bacteria in Symbiodiniaceae. Significant changes in the abundance of intracellular bacteria relative to autofluorescence in B. minutum cells were observed at initiation of light and dark conditions. We suggest that the onset of bacterial endosymbiosis is linked to the photoperiod driven changes in B. minutum life stages.


Paper in Trends in Microbiology

Our latest work, published in collaboration with colleagues at University of Technology Sydney and ETH Zurich, examines the role of chemotaxis in bacterial interactions. The paper in Trends in Microbiology discusses how chemotactic sensing could represent an important, but largely overlooked, phenotype within bacterial interactions, and play a major role in shaping cooperative and competitive relationships.

Artwork by Philippe Plateaux.


Howie Zhou

Howie Zhou is a Masters student at the School of Mathematics and Statistics. His research investigates ciliary flows generated by coral surfaces, in the presence of non-Newtonian fluids.


Olle Pontén

Olle is a PhD student (co-supervised with Prof. Madeleine van Oppen) at the University of Melbourne’s School of Mathematics and Statistics. His research topics include motility and chemotaxis of Symbiodiniaceae microalgae, in silico and in vitro studies using microfluidics, and modelling the effect of stressors on the coral holobiont.




Rebecca Rasmussen

Rebecca Rasmussen’s research uses experiments and mathematical modelling to investigate the flow patterns produced by the motion of an aquatic insect, the water boatman, exploring what ecological advantages may be conferred by their specific methods of locomotion.


Xinyi Yang

Xinyi Yang is a PhD student in the School of Mathematics and Statistics at the University of Melbourne. Her research focuses on modelling the navigation of microswimmers under the influence of fluid flows, external fields, and confinement.


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