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Ben Adams - Project opportunties

I am always happy to consider supervising mathematical biology research projects at every level from undergraduate to PhD. The brief outlines here are mainly intended for PhD projects. If you are interested in these, or have your own ideas for a project, get in touch and we'll discuss the possibilities. If you are a student at Bath looking for an undergraduate or MSc project, then come and see me to discuss a suitable topic.

Note: These projects are competition funded. Applicants will be considered for funding in competition with applicants for other PhD projects offered by the Deparment of Matheamtical Sciences or, in some cases, the G4W+ group of universities.UK and other EU citizens are eligible for this funding. In addition, there are a number of general sources of funding for research degrees in Bath. You will be able to compete for any available funding for which you are eligible if you make a formal application to the PhD programme. If you are from outside of the EU, you may also like to consider funding opportunities offered by, e.g. the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, the Commonwealth Scholarships Office or your own national government.

Microbial population dynamics in patchy environments. This project involves working closely with empiricists to develop mathematical models to understand drivers and feedbacks underlying microbial population dyanmics in environments that are structured at multiple scales. You can find more details on

The function and robustness of microbiomes. This project involves working closely with experimentalists to develop mathematical models of microbiomes - complex microbial communities living within a host species - and so understand how composition and function of these microbial communiites iis related to the health of the host individual.  You can find more details on

The role of demographic structure in the epidemiology of dengue and other vector-borne diseases. This project involves developing mathematical models in which the population is structured according to demographic characteristics and anlaysing these models to assess novel control strategies. 

Ecological community structure and the cross-species transfer of pathogens. This project involves developing models to assess how the species richness and diversity in an ecological community affects the likelihood and nature of viruses crossing to new host species within, and beyond, that community.

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