Mathematics in biology

Mathematics underpin science everywhere and being at AIMS offers us the great opportunity to be exposed to the diverse ways in which the world is being explored and researched using mathematics. On Tuesday, Rhoda Hawkins from Bristol joined us to talk about some of her research on cell biology. Rhoda looks at how cells change shape and move. She tries to understand the underlying mechanisms with mathematical modelling.

Rhoda Hawkins from Bristol explaining crawling cells

The universality of mathematics means that methods and ideas developed to tackle one problem in one field could have applications in other fields. Meeting across disciplines can therefore be very productive. Finding useful cross-pollinations across specialities is not always easy as synergies can be shrouded behind the science, but it is a fascinating exercise of open mindedness and learning.

– Carolina

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