Professor Tiina Roose, Biological and Environmental Modelling, Southampton University

Multiscale modelling of biological branching structures
When Mar 03, 2014
from 02:00 PM to 03:00 PM
Where LR8, IEB Building, Engineering Science
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Contact Phone 01865-283302
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In this talk I will present our very recent work on two seemingly separate, but related, areas, i.e., modelling of plant root systems and lymphatic system in humans.  The common feature of these two systems is that the both function to transport fluid and solutes from their environment to other areas of their systems. I will show couple of case studies of x-ray computed tomography image based modelling of plant root function and then describe mathematical models we have developed to describe lymphatic system function and development that combine multiscale biomechanics of the tissues.


Tiina Roose is a Professor of Biological and Environmental Modelling working on modelling and technology development for biological systems at the Faculty of Engineering and Environment, University of Southampton. Her first degree was in Systems and Control Engineering from Tallinn Technical University, Estonia. She completed a DPhil on ŒMathematical Model for Plant Nutrient Uptake¹ at Oxford in 2000 under the supervision of Professor Andrew C. Fowler. She then spent 2 years as a postdoctoral research fellow at the Steele Laboratory for Tumor Biology at the Harvard Medical School/Massachusetts General Hospital working on the tissue mechanics of biological systems with particular emphasis on tissue growth and remodelling related problems. The Steele Lab at HMS/MGH was part of the Harvard-MIT Health Science and Technology (HST) program which in order to foster fast interactions between engineers and medics had all the PDRAs part of Harvard Medical School faculty and all the PhD students where registered at the MIT graduate school. The work in Boston involved personally undertaking in-vitro and in-vivo experiments including measurements of the mechanical properties of collagen gels and solid tumours. In 2003 she returned to Oxford to take up a postdoc position with Professors Jon Chapman and Philip Maini at the Oxford Centre for Industrial and Applied Mathematics. In 2004 she was appointed Royal Society University Research Fellow, which she held first in Oxford and from Oct 2009 in Southampton.