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Prof. Nick Monk

German Research Chair in Mathematical Biology

Nick Monk is the second German Research Chair in Mathematics and its Applications at AIMS Ghana and a Professor of Mathematics and Statistics at the University of Sheffield. Launched in 2014, the Research Centre in AIMS Ghana is one of the developing Research centers in the Network. Prof. Monk’s position helps to strengthen linkages between AIMS Ghana and other AIMS Centres; institutions on the continent; in Germany; and globally.
Nick, a UK-born citizen, completed his undergraduate and masters training at the University of Sheffield, and his PhD research in Quantum Mechanics at the University of London. Following Post-Doctoral research at the University of Oxford and the University of Sheffield, he was a Senior Lecturer in Computer Science at the University of Sheffield, and Reader in Mathematical Sciences at the University of Nottingham. Since 2011, he has been a full Professor at the University of Sheffield, and was Head of the School of Mathematics and Statistics between 2018 and 2022.

His primary research interests are in the application of mathematics to problems in biology and medicine. Particular areas of activity include animal and plant developmental biology, pattern formation, and models of cellular signalling. He has recently developed an interest in the potential for machine learning to guide model discovery and selection in biology.

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