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Markus Owen

Professor of Mathematical Biology, Faculty of Science



  • BSc Applied Mathematics, Warwick, 1994 (1st class)
  • PhD Interdisciplinary Applied Mathematics, Warwick, 1997 (supervisor, Jonathan Sherratt)
  • PDRA, University of Utah, 1997-1999
  • Lecturer, Loughborough University, 1999-2003; Senior Lecturer, 2003-2004
  • Reader, University of Nottingham, 2004-2013
  • Professor of Mathematical Biology, 2013-date

Teaching Summary


I am particularly interested in how to deliver mathematical modelling concepts to life scientists.

Research Summary

I am the Head of the Mathematical Medicine and Biology Research Group.

I lead a Leverhulme Doctoral Scholarships programme in Mathematics for A Sustainable Society

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My principal research interests are in the application of nonlinear mathematical models to problems in cell biology, in particular to cancer, angiogenesis (the growth of new blood vessels), developmental biology (both in animals and plants) and neuroscience. I also have an interest in ecology and immunology. I use a variety of mathematical approaches, including models for single cells, populations and tissues, and a range of tools for mathematical analysis and computer simulation. Much of this work is underpinned by multidisciplinary collaborations with life scientists, engineers, computer scientists and other mathematicians (e.g. projects on regenerative medicine and plant root growth, and the Interdisciplinary Angiogenesis Network, ANGIONET).

Selected Publications

The Centre for Mathematical Medicine and Biology (CMMB) is based within the School of Mathematical Sciences and comprises members of the University of Nottingham who use mathematical methods to provide insights into biological and biomedical phenomena. We aim to promote the application of mathematical modelling to medicine and the biomedical sciences, and to stimulate multi-disciplinary research within the University and beyond


Future Research

Future research will continue to focus on many of the above topics. For PhD opportunities, see:


School of Mathematical Sciences

The University of Nottingham
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Nottingham, NG7 2RD

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