Dr Ruth Bowness
Postdoctoral Research Assistant
I graduated with a BSc in Mathematics from the University of St Andrews in 2005, and after Masters courses in Mathematics and Numerical Computing from the University of Cambridge and the University of Manchester, I returned to St Andrews to complete a PhD in Applied Maths. During my PhD I worked in the Solar MHD group, my project involved numerically solving the Magnetohydrodynamic (MHD) equations in order to model solar phenomena.
I joined the St Andrews Medical School in September 2012 to work with Professor Stephen Gillespie’s research group on the PreDiCT-TB work programme. Working also with Dr Duncan Mackay from the St Andrews Mathematics and Statistics department, we aim to separate populations of different cell states of Mycobacterium tuberculosis and model their response to tuberculosis treatment in clinical trials. Ultimately we hope to develop an appropriate mathematical framework within which data generated from experiments and clinical trials can be integrated. In this way we will attempt to form template models that could help to form treatment plans and aid future drug development.
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Research Overview from research@st-andrews
My research interests lie in developing mechanistic models to describe complex biomedical systems. Mechanistic models can summarise current knowledge and their development can lead to greater understanding of the biological system. These models can also be used to highlight gaps in current knowledge and identify tractable clinically important questions.