Diffusion of the Dead – Dr. Thomas Woolley

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Date(s) – 13/12/2016
12:15 pm – 1:15 pm



This year’s Middlesex University Mathematics Christmas Lecture will be given by Dr Thomas Woolley from the Wolfson Centre for Mathematical Biology (WCMB), Oxford University.

This event is free and open to all. If you would like to book a place on the event then please could you book tickets through Eventbrite using the url: http://tinyurl.com/jv6a8xh.


Diffusion of the Dead

Knowing how long we have before we interact with a zombie could mean the difference between life, death and zombification. Here, we apply the same mathematical models to zombies that you would use to describe flu, or measles. We use this model to derive exact and approximate interaction times and use these to develop strategies which allow the human race to survive impending doom.

Dr. Thomas Woolley biography

Thomas is a member of the Wolfson Centre for Mathematical Biology (WCMB) and,  his research focuses on modelling biological systems in order to get a better understanding of how certain biological phenomena occur.

Currently, Thomas is working on understanding muscle stem cell protrusions known as blebs. He is also interested in biological pattern formation produced through coupling diffusion and chemical reactions together, a theory that has a rich history going back to Alan Turing in 1952.


When not doing mathematics Thomas is a keen participant in mathematical outreach workshops and has given a variety of popular maths lectures. He has also had the fortune of working for the BBC, illustrating Marcus du Sautoy’s book, “The Number Mysteries”, and currently works on the popular maths show “Dara O’Briain’s School of Hard Sums”.


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