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Philip Maini

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Nationality  British
Doctoral advisor  James D. Murray
Fields  Mathematics
Alma mater  Balliol College
Name  Philip Maini

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Born  Philip Kumar Maini 16 October 1959 (age 56) Magherafelt, Northern Ireland (1959-10-16)
Institutions  University of Oxford University of Utah
Thesis  On mechanochemical models for morphogenetic pattern (1985)
Notable awards  Naylor Prize and Lectureship (2009) FRS (2015)
Residence  United Kingdom, United States of America

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Philip Kumar Maini (born 16 October 1959 in Magherafelt, Northern Ireland) is a Northern Irish mathematician. Since 1998, he has been the Professor of Mathematical Biology at the University of Oxford and is the head of the Centre for Mathematical Biology in the Mathematical Institute.


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Maini was educated at Rainey Endowed School in County Londonderry and Balliol College, Oxford where he was awarded a Bachelor of Arts degree and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in 1985 for modelling morphogenetic pattern formation supervised by James D. Murray

Research and career

After various postdoctoral research and teaching positions at Oxford and the University of Utah, he became Director of the Wolfson Centre for Mathematical Biology in 1998, then Statutory Professor in Mathematical Biology and Professorial Fellow of St John’s College, Oxford in 2005.

Maini's research includes mathematical modelling of tumours, wound healing and embryonic pattern formation, and the theoretical analysis of these models. His research has been funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC).

Awards and honours

Maini was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society (FRS) in 2015. His certificate of election reads:

Maini was an elected member of the Boards of the Society for Mathematical Biology and the European Society for Mathematical and Theoretical Biology. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications (IMA), the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM), and the Society of Biology, and is a Corresponding Member of the Mexican Academy of Sciences. He has held visiting positions at universities worldwide.

Maini co-authored a 1997 Bellman Prize-winning paper and received a Royal Society Leverhulme Trust Senior Research Fellowship and Wolfson Research Merit Award, and the London Mathematical Society Naylor Prize.


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