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University of Oxford
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I am a member of the Wolfson Centre for Mathematical Biology (WCMB) and, as such, my research focuses on modelling biological systems mathematically in order to get a better insight into how specific phenomena occur. Currently, I am working on understanding muscle stem cell protrusions known as blebs. These blebs allow cells to move along muscle fibres and we want to understand the mechanisms by which this motion occurs. I am also interested in biological pattern formation produced through coupling diffusion and chemical reactions together, a theory that has a rich history going back to Alan Turing in 1952. When not doing mathematics I am a keen participant in mathematical outreach workshops and have given a variety of popular maths lectures. I have also had the fortune of working for the BBC, illustrating Marcus du Sautoy's book, "The Number Mysteries", and currently work on the popular maths show "Dara O'Briains school of hard sums".
I am currently a tutor for St John's College
Prizes, Awards, and Scholarships:
Invited to speak at the University of Mexico, 2012 (£1500) and 2014 (£1500). Prize article chosen to appear in the IMA fiftieth anniversary book appearing 2014. Shortlisted for the IMA Lighthill-Thwaites prize, 2013. Institute Partner Fund travel award, 2010 ($1000). SIAM Student Chapter Certificate of Recognition, 2010.
Major / Recent Publications:
Mathematical modelling of digit specification by a sonic hedgehog gradient. T. E. Woolley, R. E. Baker, C. Tickle, P. K. Maini, M. Towers. 2013. Dev. Dyn. 243(2):290-8.
Cellular blebs: pressure-driven, axisymmetric, membrane protrusions. T. E. Woolley, E. A. Gaffney, J. M. Oliver, R. E. Baker, S. L. Waters, A. Goriely. 2013. Biomech. Model. Mechanobiol. DOI: 10.1007/s10237-013-0509-9.
Modelling Biological Invasions: Individual to Population Scales at Interfaces. J. Belmonte-Beitia, T. E. Woolley, J. G. Scott, P. K. Maini, E. A. Gaffney. 2013. J. Theo. Biol. 334(0)1-12.
Non-linear effects on Turing patterns: Time oscillations and chaos. J. L. Aragón, R. A. Barrio, T. E. Woolley, R. E. Baker, P. K. Maini. 2012. Phys. Rev. E, 86(2):026201.
Turing’s model for biological pattern formation and the robustness problem. P. K. Maini, T. E. Woolley, R. E. Baker, E. A. Gaffney and S. S. Lee. 2012. Roy. Soc. Interface Focus, 2(4):393-396.
Age related changes in speed and mechanism of adult skeletal muscle stem cell migration. H. Collins-Hooper, T. E. Woolley, L. Dyson, A. Patel, P. Potter, R. E. Baker, E. A. Gaffney, P. K. Maini, P. R. Dash and K. Patel. 2012. Stem Cells 30(6):1182-1195.
Effects of intrinsic stochasticity on delayed reaction-diffusion patterning systems. T. E. Woolley, R. E. Baker, E. A. Gaffney, P. K. Maini and S. S. Lee. 2012. Phys. Rev. E, 85(5):051914.
Stochastic reaction and diffusion on growing domains: Understanding the breakdown of robust pattern formation. T. E. Woolley, R. E. Baker, E. A. Gaffney and P. K. Maini. 2011. Phys. Rev. E, 84(4):046216.
Influence of stochastic domain growth on pattern nucleation for diffusive systems with internal noise. T. E. Woolley, R. E. Baker, E. A. Gaffney and P. K. Maini. 2011. Phys. Rev. E, 84(4):041905.
The Secret of the Winning Streak. T. E. Woolley and M. P. F. du Sautoy. 2011. School Sci. Rev., 93(342), pages 93-99.
Power spectra methods for a stochastic description of diffusion on deterministically growing domains. T. E. Woolley, R. E. Baker, E. A. Gaffney and P. K. Maini. 2011. Phys. Rev. E, 84(2):021915.
Interactions between Shh, Sostdc1 and Wnt signaling and a new feedback loop for spatial patterning of the teeth. S. W. Cho, S. Kwak, T. E. Woolley, M. J. Lee, E. J. Kim, R. E. Baker, H. J. Kim, J. S. Shin, P. K. Tickle, C. Maini and H. S. Jung. 2011. Development, 138(9):1807–1816.
Analysis of stationary droplets in a generic Turing reaction-diffusion system. T. E. Woolley, R. E. Baker, P. K. Maini, J. L. Aragón and R. A. Barrio. 2010. Phys. Rev. E, 82(5):051929.