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University of Oxford
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Radcliffe Observatory Quarter
I work in the Wolfson Centre for Mathematical Biology on the modelling of tumour-immune interactions, specifically focussing on macrophages. Macrophages are a type of immune cell which ordinarily attack invaders like bacteria when you're injured. But in cancer, macrophages are tricked by the tumour into pumping out growth factors which help blood vessels grow and bring oxygen to the tumour rather than attacking it. I aim to use mathematical modelling to understand the mechanisms through which tumours prevent macrophages from attacking them, and to propose circumstances where drugs targeting these mechanisms will be most effective.
A large part of my work involves analysing image data provided by my industrial collaborators at Roche. These are histological images of tumours, but due to the size of the files I use "superpixels" to help reduce the complexity of the data. This basically involves merging nearby pixels into blobs according to their colour while trying to leave the picture looking as close to how it did before as possible. Don't be deceived, the picture of me on this page isn't just a bit blurry - I couldn't resist running it through the superpixellation algorithm which I use! You can find some more examples of superpixels on this really, really high tech web page.
I have been accredited as an Associate Member of the Higher Education Academy by completing the Developing Learning and Teaching qualification through the Oxford Learning Institute. Prior to this, I have also completed the University of Oxford Preparation for Learning and Teaching scheme through the Mathematical Institute. I am also a registered STEM ambassador.
- Non-stipendiary Lectureship – St Hugh’s College, Oxford
- Academic year 2016-17 – Second Year Undergraduates
- As a non-stipendiary lecturer at St Hugh’s, I was responsible for the College teaching of three courses for nine second-year mathematics undergraduates – Differential Equations I & II (A1 & A6), and Integral Transforms (ASO).
- Mathematics for Biochemists – Department of Biochemistry, Oxford
- Academic years 2015-16, ‘16-17 – First Year Undergraduates
- Since 2015, I have acted as a class tutor for first year biochemistry undergraduates in the Mathematics for Biochemists course.
- Differential Equations – Exeter-Williams Programme, Exeter College, Oxford
- Academic year 2015-16 – Second Year Undergraduate
- I acted as tutor for a student visiting Oxford as part of an exchange programme between Exeter College, Oxford, and Williams College, Massachusetts. I provided eight hours of one-to-one tutorials based on the problem sets and course structure of the Mathematical Institute course Differential Equations I (A1). This included setting, marking and giving feedback on problem sheets, as well as writing and grading an end of term assessment for the student.
...as Teaching Assistant
- C5.12: Mathematical Physiology – Mathematical Institute, Oxford
- Michaelmas Term 2015 – Fourth Year Undergraduates
- B6.2: Numerical Solutions to Differential Equations II – Mathematical Institute, Oxford
- Hilary Term 2016 – Third Year Undergraduates
...other Teaching Experience
- Mathematical and Computational Biology - Doctoral Training Centre, Oxford
- Academic years 2015-16, ‘16-17 – First Year DPhil Students
- I have acted as a course demonstrator for the past two years for this course in the Doctoral Training Centre at Oxford. This work involved providing help and input for approximately 20 first year DPhil students taking part in small group short projects for the end of their two week Mathematical and Computational Biology course.