Dr. Douglas Brumley is a Senior Lecturer in Applied Mathematics and leads an interdisciplinary research group at the interface of mathematics, biophysics and microbial Ecology. The Brumley lab utilises mathematics, microfluidics and microscopy to study a range of dynamic processes in biology including bacterial motility, symbioses, nutrient cycling and flows around coral reefs.
Dr Vicky Waymouth is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow working on an interdisciplinary ARC Discovery Project (co-supervised with Prof. Michelle Watt). Her work focuses on modelling microorganism interactions in the rhizosphere using fabricated ecosystems and microfluidic devices.
Dr Pranali Deore is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow (Mary Lugton Fellowship) working in areas of marine microbial symbiosis. She uses expansion microscopy, fluorescence lifetime imaging microscopy and microfluidics to visualise the association between coral harbouring microalgae (Symbiodiniaceae) and bacteria.
Graduate Research Students
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 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'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 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.
Matthew Walker is a PhD student working in non-Newtonian fluid dynamics (co-supervised by Dr. Edward Hinton and Dr. Jesse Collis). He is particularly interested in applying these flows to geophysical problems and investigating how rheological intricacies govern the movement of lava, mud and concrete.
Amelia Keynton is a PhD student (co-supervised by Prof. Michelle Watt, Dr. Vicky Waymouth and Prof. Berit Ebert). Her research investigates the role of organelle trafficking and plant cell wall composition in root-microbe interactions using Arabidopsis thaliana.
Rodney is a PhD student at the University of Melbourne's School of Mathematics and Statistics. His research centres around using analytical and numerical methods to model microbial motility, chemotaxis, symbiosis, and porous-type flows.
- Sarah Brook
Nitay Ben Shachar
Nitay is a PhD student at the School of Mathematics and Statistics. His research is on non-continuum flows, exhibited by gases in microstructures and electrons in high-mobility electronic devices.
Tristan is a Masters student (co-supervised with Dr. Edward Hinton) at the School of Mathematics and Statistics. He is using numerical methods to model diffusion in interfacial flows, paying particular attention to the Saffman-Taylor instability.
Peijing is a PhD student who is co-supervised by Dr. Jesse Collis at the School of Mathematics and Statistics. Her research is on the behaviours of small solid particles in an acoustic field and the associated steady flows arising from the time-harmonic wave motions.
- Rania Ismail
Allison Mertin is PhD student (co-supervised with Prof. Linda Blackall and the Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney). Her research focusses on characterisation of the seed microbiome of Australian native plants; microbe-plant and microbe-microbe interactions and chemotaxis.
Antony Selvan is a PhD student whose research focuses on mathematical modelling of ciliary flows around coral surfaces, examining the effects on mass transport and bacterial motility.
Former Group Members
- Rebecca Rasmussen, MSc “Impulsive breaststroke swimming at low Reynolds number, with application to Corixidae”
- Shenru Duan, MSc “Noise Influences on Synchronization of Flagella Through Hydrodynamics and Basal Body Coupling”
- Xinyi Yang, MSc “Navigation of magnetotactic bacteria in complex environments”
- Rodney Dharma, MSc “Resolving Spatial Heterogeneity in Microbial Symbiosis”
- Asher Pennicuik, MSc “An Investigation of Active Particle Systems by a Combined Complex Networks and Dynamical Systems Approach”
- Timothy Cooper, MSc “Bacterial chemotaxis in multi-source nutrient environments”
- Chris Darveniza, MSc “Bumping bacteria: a model for dense suspensions of self-propelling microbes”
- Angus Butler, MSc “Ciliary flows of corals: An analytic representation”
- Khaya Mpehle, MSc “A fluid dynamic model for the coral’s ciliary flows”